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Inland Empire (2006)



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

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.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 13

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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Cinema of the surreal icon David Lynch follows up the success of his critically acclaimed 2001 feature Mulholland Drive with this dark mystery, shot on a handheld Sony PD150 digital video recorder. It is the tale of an actress whose personality becomes increasingly fragmented as she delves ever deeper into her work for a high-profile filmmaker. Kingsley (Jeremy Irons) is a director looking to adapt for the screen a Polish gypsy folktale that was previously stalled when the two leads were


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Aug 14, 2007

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (29) | DVD (20)

An amazing and unshakeable experience.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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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.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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
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A terrifying nightmare to lose yourself in.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Trippy, twisty thriller is totally out to Lynch.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

Unspeakably beautiful

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (3)

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

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

April 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
Beyond Hollywood

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

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

September 4, 2007 Full Review | Comments (2)

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.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
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.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

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

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (3)
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.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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.
March 6, 2012
Graham Jones

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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.
January 29, 2012
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.
February 15, 2011

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