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The Lighthouse Reviews

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January 31, 2020
A piercing psychological horror.
January 31, 2020
Surreal, confusing, funny and shocking, it does not entirely succeed. But there is more than enough here to merit a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2020
While Wick's penchant for standing naked before the lantern is admittedly odd, it's Winslow's dreams and hallucinations - and his violence towards the local seagulls, inviting bad luck - that fill the film with foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 30, 2020
The end result is horrific and hilarious - and all the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2020
It's the kind of language that roots you to the spot, and it's terrific, much like everything else.
January 30, 2020
It is perfectly possible to admire the film and to still feel that it amounts to little more than a storm in a teacup. A painstakingly sourced authentic period teacup with original 19th-century patterning, of course, but a teacup all the same.
January 30, 2020
a barking study in madness
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2020
If you're up for some weird, dense, symbolist gear, then The Lighthouse might just be the beacon in the darkness you've been searching for.
Full Review | Original Score: 15/20
January 29, 2020
What it lacks in overall coherence is made up for with a collection of brilliant individual contributions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2020
The longer the film goes on, the weirder it gets and the more it resembles a sitcom - The Odd Couple in sou'westers, a droll symphony of bodily functions, bubbling friction and all manner of desires that dare not speak their name.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2020
Eggers masters the dangerous mix of horror and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2020
Plodding narrative aside, this study of how a lack of intimacy and boredom can manifest in insanity is a must-watch for arthouse cinema lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2020
The Lighthouse is the sort of film that recognises the beauty of ugliness in nearly all its forms and turns it into beautiful monochrome imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 28, 2020
A towering triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 28, 2020
A slow-burn descent into claustrophobic madness, 'The Lighthouse' is every bit as breathtaking as it is unsettling. It's that rare breed of film that can terrify as much as it can thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 27, 2020
Conjuring menace and mystery from solitude and seagulls, The Lighthouse is a folk tale, a black comedy, a horror, a mystery, a (platonic?) romance - and something more still, something unspeakable. Something like a masterpiece, perhaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2020
A dizzying blend of horror, dark comedy, tense psychological drama and fantasy that will keep you captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2020
Unlikely as it seems, Dafoe and Pattinson have given us one of the oddest, craziest and tenderest on-screen couples of the year.
January 17, 2020
The Lighthouse has echoes of Melville and Lovecraft as well as Coleridge and Greek mythology, all stirred together in a psychedelic stew, or a cup of turpentine and honey. The honey is the film's sumptuous aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 16, 2020
Ephraim Winslow (a never better Robert Pattinson) is a young man who takes a job as an assistant to an old lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake (a haunting Willem Dafoe).
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