Inland Empire (2006)



Critic Consensus: Typical David Lynch fare: fans of the director will find Inland Empire seductive and deep. All others will consider the heady surrealism impenetrable and pointless.

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A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, "47," which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. And, that's only the beginning. Soon, a seemingly endless onslaught of indescribably bizarre situations flashes across the screen: a sitcom … More

Rating: R (for language, some violence and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
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Written By: David Lynch
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On DVD: Aug 14, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Inland Empire

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (33)

An amazing and unshakeable experience.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You may find Lynch's experimentalism and willful obscurity to be the work of a poseur, ultimately pointless drivel. I can understand that, but I think you would be wrong.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

A terrifying nightmare to lose yourself in.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Trippy, twisty thriller is totally out to Lynch.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Inland Empire


A nightmare from the mind of David Lynch. Inland Empire is his most disjointed and fragmented which also makes it the most dreamlike. His startling images instantly strike different emotions in viewers. At 3 hours long, this surreal masterwork is not an easy watch and can be a frustrating one but can be a rewarding one if in the right mindset. Laura Dern puts in a brave performance in the leading role.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I am sad to say i could not make it through 'Inland Empire'. I don't understand David Lynch's use of dream-like imagery. I was lost in the story, an found the film way too creepy and unentertaining. Typical Lynch fans may find plenty to love, but everyone else should stay as far away from this one as possible.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

I simply can't stand this movie. David Lynch has his moments for me (namely "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Dr") but "Inland Empire" is his most self indulgent and utterly meaningless film to date. Laura Dern is shockingly committed to this material, turning in one truly bizarre performance. No matter what Lynch says (or does not say) about the picture, "Inland Empire" is meaningless and the exact definition of artistic masturbation. (And believe me, I have given this film more chances that it deserves. I sat through it 3 times.)

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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