Lost River (2014)
Movie InfoRyan Gosling tries his hand at writing and directing with this fantasy thriller starring Christina Hendricks as a mother struggling to protect her kids in a dreamlike city. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Lost River
It's an oneiric hymn to destruction, an Armageddon anthem - a movie to see, if at all, under the influence.
Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and, despite some dull patches, pretty much succeeded.
A visual and aural sensory bath that shows some real flair but feels madly derivative at every moment.
Ryan Gosling makes an altogether inauspicious debut with this risible slab of Detroit gothic.
It's fitting that in the credits [Gosling] thanks Guillermo del Toro, though perhaps he really should thank David Lynch.
A gruesome fairy tale of evil banks and sunken dreams, Lost River is a fantastically awful misfire from actor turned writer/director Ryan Gosling.
Any five minutes of the film would be well-suited to a cool music video, with only the last fifteen minutes or so threatening to become genuinely, giddily unhinged.
These days models turn designer, footballers become managers - and actors direct. Why not? Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, is why not.
The film is ultimately kind of juvenile and dumb, and there are more moments where you'll roll your eyes rather than inwardly applauding.
To say that Ryan Gosling's directorial debut feels more like a practice run than a true first feature sounds like condemnation, but the result of his experimentation is a striking and often mesmerising muddle.
It's the work of a surprisingly confident and experimental young filmmaker, even if he's not yet confident enough to move beyond his influences.
An over-cooked affair that lacks much needed wit and humour to go alongside its self-aware art intentions.
For "River" read "Opportunity" or "Any Sense Of Proportion Or Humility" or maybe just "Mind".
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