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Eraserhead Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
September 25, 2007
The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
What's it about? I can hear you shout. Therein lies the rub: not much really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
September 2, 2006
Nothing more than a pretentious, incoherent and boring exercise in self-indulgent weirdness.
| Original Score: 1/10
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Tom Buckley
New York Times
October 14, 2014
A murkily pretentious shocker.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 8, 2007
Whether there is more here than meets the horrified eye, is debatable, but 'Eraserhead' leaves no viewer cold.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
The most terrifying film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
October 9, 2014
You may never figure out the story or what it is meant to convey, but the lighting, effects, editing and directing are so dead on and beautifully executed that the visuals carry the piece over every question mark. In the end the questions beckon you back.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 14, 2014
David Lynch never explains because he doesn't need to, his is the faith of the irrational, disconcertingly childlike in its illusionism.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Riveting, indecipherable and absolutely bizarre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
September 3, 2008
...unwrap this baby and you will discover a whole universe of untold depths and hidden textures in which to become trapped, lost or sublimely elevated. Lynch's debut feature is freakish perfection.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
September 23, 2014
Sculpted out of blocks of stark light amid pools of impenetrable darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lynch's remarkable first feature is a true original.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 11, 2004
If you can't rejoice in David Lynch, what is there to be happy about?
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2011
As pure cinema, Eraserhead is in a universe all its own, writing and obeying its own oblique rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 12, 2009
David Lynch's filmic immersion into the surreal world of his distinctly odd protagonist Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) comes through in a creepy black-and-white black comedy that functions perfectly as a nerve-wracking exercise in existential horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 14, 2004
May be the greatest debut by an American director after Citizen Kane.
Steve Beard
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
This is a classic, no matter how comfortable it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Lynch's films exist independent of space and time, and only after twisting and turning through their labyrinthine visual corridors can we begin to piece together how they came to be in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 24, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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