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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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61

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 24

For better or worse, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is every bit as strange and twisted as you'd expect from David Lynch.

42

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

For better or worse, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is every bit as strange and twisted as you'd expect from David Lynch.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 41,350

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Movie Info

David Lynch's prequel to his cult television series "Twin Peaks" concerns the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whose plastic-wrapped corpse, found floating in a river, was the fulcrum for the television series. During the day in the town of Twin Peaks, Laura is a top honors student at the local high school. By night, she is a sex-crazed cokehead, prostituting herself at a sleazy sex club to get money to feed her drug habit. Her race to oblivion is fueled by her father,

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest

Robert Engels, David Lynch

Feb 26, 2002

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In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There have always been two sides to Lynch: the inscrutable, demonic prankster and the rhapsodic dreamer. In Fire Walk With Me, he's at least trying to recover his poetic sincerity. If only his dreams weren't starting to look like reruns.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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At its best, it's a dream within a dream, a nightmare in endlessly reflecting pop mirrors, a screen full of TV-movie sex and horror kitsch blowing up right in our faces.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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In Twin Peaks the movie, all the twists get straightened out. The thrill is gone.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For those who are willing to go the distance with Lynch, the return trip to Twin Peaks is well worth the trouble.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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For a film with a pre-established conclusion, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems depressingly interminable.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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One of Lynch's darkest, most disturbing films precisely because it is able to delve into the places that the show simply wasn't allowed to explore on national television.

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

A fascinating tightrope-walk: Lynch's ultra-cool unconventional storytelling techniques are modified just enough to allow the movie to reach a broad audience

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

With typical perversity, Lynch avoids cosy closure, instead riffing on his TV themes that seem even more baffling with big-screen expansion.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

If you didn't get it then, you're not going to get it now.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Fire Walk With Me contains not a single moment of genuinely felt emotion.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me reveals the side of this quiet American town that could never be shown on television.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Promoted as a prequel to Twin Peaks, but it was actually Excalibur pushed through the heart of a phenomenon, leaving the faithful to grieve, while newcomers were left baffled, or in my case, ravenous for more.

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

This fire dampens fast, and the results are rather dreary, and nonsensical.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Every image, sound, and color ultimately clicks into place, like a puzzle one is only subconsciously aware of.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A convincing case can be made for this being Lynch's finest film to date.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A 'prequel' to David Lynch's cult TV series that finds the celebrated filmmaker at an uncharacteristically low ebb.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

When you're working with David Lynch you can count on every frame meaning something. For me that's half the fun of the show - it's a puzzle that I feel oblidged to solve or at the very least plug away at.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

A pretty high school girl who dabbles with drugs and prostitution is haunted by bizarre dreams and stalked by a mysterious figure known only as "Bob". David Lynch's prequel to his hugely influential TV series Twin Peaks bears all his usual hallmarks. It's the story of the unseen horrors of middle America featuring unsettling and deliberately obtuse imagery which is scored brilliantly with inventive sound design and populated by offbeat characters. The opening in particular as the FBI investigate a similar case a year earlier is classic Lynch and to be honest I wish he'd stayed with them a bit longer. Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland and Harry Dean Stanton all give very memorable performances and Sheryl Lee ably tackles a very complex character. The story set in Twin Peaks features the final days of Laura Palmer and for this reason Fire Walk With Me works neither as a stand alone nor as an introduction to the series; those who have not seen the show will find it incomprehensible while at the same time it gives away far too much of the story. Taken as a companion piece for fans it's a thought provoking and disturbing requiem to a heartfelt story with a very important message.
December 17, 2012
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This prequel to the events of the cult TV show explores the sordid story behind Laura Palmer's last days. There's a good core story here about the doomed homecoming queen, but it's obscured by too much Lynchian fanservice: multiple dream sequences trying too hard to outweird each other, the shoehorning in of popular characters who have nothing to do with Laura's story, and too many digressions (an entire half hour prologue devoted to a previous victim!) meant to tie up loose ends from the cancelled TV series.
September 6, 2012
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

It has some flaws but for those who are fans of the series, this is a must see. Actually looking back at it now, some of the most memorable scenes from all of Lynch's films are in this one, including a nice little part featuring David Bowie.
March 4, 2012
Graham Jones

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February 11, 2010
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