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Inland Empire Reviews

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October 6, 2006
Despite its moments of inspired terror and mystery, this isn't a cult hit in the making like Mulholland Drive, or a contrarian critic's delight like Lost Highway. It's an opaque and baffling work, difficult to follow and difficult to like.
October 28, 2006
It feels Lynchian to the point of self-parody.
November 29, 2006
Inland Empire is so locked up in David Lynch's brain that it never burrows its way into ours.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 30, 2006
A great big puzzle movie that even Lynch appears not to have figured out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 8, 2006
Were it not for the great performances, this would be the worst movie of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 2.4/5
December 30, 2006
Though certain of his fans may stare mistakenly at his narrative threads, hoping for a pattern to emerge, wiser moviegoers know that Lynch just wants to pull the rug out from under them. Then he slips it back under their feet so he can pull it again.
February 8, 2007
With Inland Empire, the whole thing feels stuck in Lynch's noggin.
Read More | Original Score: C-
April 14, 2007
A three-hour practical joke without a punchline, at once maddeningly obscure and infinitely boring.
Full Review | Original Score: F
May 4, 2007
A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2007
It's also too long and too reminiscent of Lynch's other work. But die-hard fans will find things to like.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2020
This latest David Lynch opus, shot digitally with Laura Dern playing three, possibly four roles, may confuse even hardcore Lynch fanatics.
August 23, 2017
The one thing that David Lynch can do is to leave you with a lingering feeling. Long after a host of other films have come and gone, elements from his films stay lodged in your brain.
February 21, 2014
A terrifying nightmare to lose yourself in.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 6, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 11, 2007
Shot on digital video, it is problematic and, at close to three hours, overlong. But there are flashes of brilliance and just when the viewer becomes frustrated and ready to throw in the towel, Lynch makes a hairpin turn that rights the course and once ag
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 30, 2006
Even though Inland Empire isn't alluring enough to sit through multiple times, there's a meaningful pattern beneath it. Sorting through what's necessary and extraneous could pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 16, 2006
My favorite film of the [New York Film Festival] and the year... Lynch's most challenging work since Eraserhead is a viscerally unrivaled love letter to the transformative powers of cinema that can't be controlled nor comprehended.
October 4, 2006
In Inland Empire, more than ever, Lynch wishes to establish a connection between a world that is astonishingly familiar and deceptively immediate and one that is utterly, horribly alien.
August 28, 2009
Unspeakably beautiful
February 15, 2007
You say 'impenetrable', I say 'thrilling'; let's call the whole thing a near-masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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