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Inland Empire (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 75 | Rotten: 29

Critics 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.

56%
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 14

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 44,929

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Movie Info

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
Directed By:
Written By:
David Lynch
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 14, 2007
Runtime:
Absurda Inc. - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Inland Empire

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (29) | DVD (20)

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

Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Lynch's brilliant and bizarre films have often come to us as a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, but his latest is enshrouded with two layers of 'who cares?'

February 15, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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

Unspeakably beautiful

Full Review… | August 28, 2009
CinePassion

The three-hour movie is at once inscrutable and deeply satisfying for its daring high wire act of narrative illusion and passionately charged emotions.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

David Lynch's Inland Empire, which runs 172 minutes, keeps collapsing in on itself.

Full Review… | November 25, 2008
Slant Magazine

While the narrative is away with the bunnies, as a mood piece Lynch scores a slam dunk.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

A crazy midnight roller coaster ride to Lynchland. A movie you might half dream through an all night marathon of noir and slasher films, your heart pumping with caffeine.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

It's a movie spent inside Lynch's complicated head.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While it is not nearly as good as Mulholland Drive, this latest complex concoction is fascinating in parts; even if you don't understand it

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Inland Empire is about the effects of movies themselves - the way they change us, inform our goals, and impact our self-image.

Full Review… | September 4, 2007

It's an abstract jazz riff, it's a painting, it's a monster movie and a musical and a psychodrama and an ellipsis made of black holes.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

It is challenging but simultaneously exhilarating as we travel through this never-waking nightmare.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
DVD Review

Sprawls onto the screen as if it had escaped directly from within David Lynch's mind, not like an alien creature let off its leash for the first time.

Full Review… | July 3, 2007
Stranger Song

this story of magic, madness and metempsychosis will have you feeling like a rabbit trying to puzzle out what exactly is going on as wilder wolves circle and headlights career toward you out of the darkness.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
Film4

...ideal for those who thought [David Lynch's] Mulholland Drive was too simple and straightforward...

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

It's also too long and too reminiscent of Lynch's other work. But die-hard fans will find things to like.

May 25, 2007
Sacramento Bee

Inland Empire opens and contracts in your imagination while you watch it -- and you're still watching it well after it's left the screen. It's a long but thoroughly absorbing three hours.

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
RogerEbert.com

Suffice to say that three hours of hallucinatory audacity passes a lot faster than you might expect.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Inland Empire

½

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

What I liked about Inland Empire is the mix of old and new Lynch. The digital camera work lends itself perfectly to Lynch's style but also we see returns to form, the whole Rabbits thing is classic Lynch. I liked it much more than Mullholland Drive and I really hope this is the direction he is going in, although, he's been a bit quiet recently. I did get the feeling there was an element of goodbye in this film, I really hope I'm wrong though.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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.)

stevenecarrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Inland Empire Quotes


Nikki/Sue: Some men change. Well, they don't change, they reveal. They reveal themselves over time, you know?
– Submitted by Félix C (3 years ago)

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