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Naked Lunch Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
April 23, 2013
A challenge if you're expecting a forward-moving plot but there's also more than enough pitch-black humor and straight-faced madness to lighten the mood, especially since Burroughs' strange lingo and vicious knack for language are intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
April 12, 2013
If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 18, 2009
...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 5, 2007
a respectful fugue on Burroughs' life and art ... It can be forgiven its acolyte's soul, for it is willing ...to confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 5, 2007
This is the only film in which a typewriter beetle kills another typewriter beetle for being a secret agent. I mention it only because of the relevance of the written word, and typewriters %u2013 portable ones in this case %u2013 are the medium of the mes
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
September 8, 2005
Given that nobody could really have adapted Burroughs' book in any literal manner, what Cronenberg does instead is predictably creepy, warped and dreamy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2004
Stands on its own apart from the book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
There are no great scenes, just flat moments of weirdness with lots of schlorping noises.
Full Review| Original Score: C+
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films.
| Original Score: 5/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 10, 2003
Cronenberg's overly-ambitious attempt at filming the unfilmable.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2003
At root the most personal mission statement of a vital cinematic voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 6, 2003
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 16, 2003
While certainly original, its hallucinatory terrain is basically weird for the sake of weird... and ultimately buckles under its own pretense.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
Cronenberg's masterpiece and perhaps the best film ever made about writing
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Some movies just try too hard to be hip, and David Cronenberg's adaptation of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch is certainly one of them.
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
incomprehensible
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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