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The Lighthouse Reviews

October 25, 2019
The actors play it big and bold in a visually striking, black and white horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2019
The visceral, disgusting, and irrefutably maddening theatrics of The Lighthouse are entrancing enough to have viewers happily giving themselves over to a beckoning siren by film's end.
October 25, 2019
The Lighthouse works because of the strength of the actors' performances, the power of their interaction, and the aura of incipient dread that saturates everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2019
It's rough going, but it's beautifully filmed and framed in black and white, and Dafoe is wild and wildly entertaining in a role that feels written to match his every aspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2019
Pattinson is superb but it's Dafoe who emerges as a giant with a towering, unforgettable performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 24, 2019
What is the opposite of a crowd-pleaser? A crowd-splitter, maybe? Whatever you call it, "The Lighthouse" is one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2019
"The Lighthouse" feels terrifying due to its remoteness and distance from the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 23, 2019
"The Lighthouse" may be a little too in love with its own virtuosity, but who can blame it? At a time when American movies are overrun with shopworn visions, its madness is a balm and a beacon.
October 21, 2019
These are actors who take chances. They are taking chances together [in The Lighthouse], and it is thrilling to watch.
October 19, 2019
The Lighthouse is such an effective exercise in projecting claustrophobia, in both a physical and psychological sense, that it'd be unbearable to watch if it weren't so funny.
October 18, 2019
It's funny, high-spirited, and giddily loopy, a descent into madness told with the energy of a sea shanty.
October 18, 2019
Dafoe and Pattinson have the stage pretty much to themselves, and the result is a beguiling crunch of styles.
October 17, 2019
The Lighthouse is, among many other things, very funny in its pitch-dark fashion, and atmospheric in a way that's rarely seen, or felt, on the screen.
October 17, 2019
Pattinson and Dafoe dig into their roles... [and] Together with Eggers they deliver a masterful study of souls trapped on a rock alone, but also trapped together, with all the twisty complexities involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 17, 2019
Has abject misery ever been such fun to watch? Has soul-sick dread ever looked so gorgeous?
October 17, 2019
A black-and-white fever dream of a film that keels between sea shanty and psychodrama, with heavy doses of the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 17, 2019
At its finest, and creepiest, "The Lighthouse" courts comparison (at least in ambition) to F.W. Murnau's fantasies of temptation, desire and striking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2019
Eggers meticulously sets the scene, adds texture and builds tension and mystery from men locked in battle and sometimes in embrace.
October 16, 2019
"The Lighthouse" is a triumph of mood and vision, like the love child of Andrei Tarkovsky and David Lynch that knows that its actors are just a small piece of the overall composition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2019
Two primal performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson carry Robert Eggers' second film to glory. Stunningly shot in black and white in the boxy format common in the silent era, The Lighthouse seeps into your bones with a power that won't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2019
This at first fascinating and never less than bonkers movie is eventually sunk by its own theological overreach.
October 15, 2019
In a cinematic age defined by the sequel, remake and reboot, this filmmaker's idiosyncratic vision represents a beacon of light shining through the mist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2019
"The Lighthouse" has only enough story to fill a 25-minute "Zone" episode, and that's including next week's coming attractions and two obligatory and very-welcome monologues by Rod Serling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2019
You can almost smell the salt and grime. This is sensory, claustrophobic filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2019
If you're looking for a wild ride, here it be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2019
Eggers balances its nightmarish grimness with humour in the bleak tradition of a British kitchen-sink sitcom, a Beckett play, and the aforementioned Withnail and I.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2019
By turns funny, sinister, haunting, historically fascinating and mythical, "The Lighthouse" is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2019
You will be dreaming of beards, corncob pipes, blinding light, and tentacles for days. Consider that a warning, or an enticement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2019
While it's ultimately a bit too self-conscious to provoke the existential dread and true terror of the best films like it, it's still an impressive accomplishment thanks to Eggers' fearlessness and a pair of completely committed performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
June 10, 2019
It rocks.
May 30, 2019
A psychological nightmare that gnaws at the brain long after the disturbing final image assaults the retina.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2019
It leaves you dazed, terrified and elated, and it signals Eggers as one of the most exciting directors working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 22, 2019
Shot in a jagged, expressionist black and white, this is chiaroscuro with the emphasis on scuro, and confirms writer-director Robert Eggers as a major talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
May 21, 2019
Dafoe, especially, digs his maw deep into Eggers' stylishly, flavorfully archaic dialogue, in a performance that suggests a live-action version of the sea captain from The Simpsons.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 20, 2019
It's as if this footage has just been unearthed after a century mouldering in a Scandinavian documentary film archive.
May 19, 2019
It has the feel of a newly discovered artefact from FW Murnau (Nosferatu).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2019
A film that feels less made than hoisted up like treasure from the belly of some rust-bitten shipwreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 19, 2019
Eggers confirms his instant reputation as a master of the New England Gothic with this claustrophobic second feature.
May 19, 2019
It's the best movie about bad roommates ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 19, 2019
Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 19, 2019
"The Lighthouse," made with extraordinary skill, is a movie you can't pigeonhole, and that's part of its appeal.