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Naked Lunch Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Dragan Antulov
January 28, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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+
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
Cronenberg's overly-ambitious attempt at filming the unfilmable.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
February 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Sawin
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
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 confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
July 18, 2009
...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Eric Melin
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2004
Stands on its own apart from the book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 22, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2011
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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March 31, 2008

January 9, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Village Voice
March 19, 2008
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