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Dune Reviews

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine
January 15, 2016
There's some pleasure to be had from its misguided spectacle...but only if you embrace the mystery rather than try to define it, which is true, really, of all of Lynch's work. Surrealism isn't meant to be sorcerered into making sense.
Rob Vaux
December 15, 2014
It's bad - as bad as they come - but also built to last, and as the years roll on, its fascinating qualities continue to grow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 21, 2014
Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
An incoherent, strange, plotless, poorly structured mess that has to be seen to really be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Luke Y. Thompson
The Robot's Voice
January 7, 2013
Critics at the time labeled it "confusing"; I don't see how, considering that you hear what everyone is thinking, all the time, and they repeat their key thoughts constantly so that their actual acting never has to do the job of telling the story.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 30, 2012
There's not a shred of humor in it, and it's a bleak look at humanity's future. But I was swept into the fantastic world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 24, 2012
What we get, at best, are enthralling shots. At worst, most scenes seem out of a stilted chamber-drama, with backstory-burdened dialogue and stiff lines. A soporific languor often takes hold. Certain moments just come off as kitschy.
Emanuel Levy
April 13, 2012
Misconceived, incomprehensible, and only decently executed, Dune is arguably Lynch's weakest film in an otherwise brilliant output.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
July 18, 2011
It's not for everyone, but if you don't mind the brain-bending confusion of the plot and occasional feeling of '80s high camp, this isn't as bad as its detractors would have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 18, 2011
Mammoth, unwieldy and completely ahead of its time.

TV Guide
July 18, 2011
Visually delightful but choppy, confusing, and overloaded with exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 18, 2011
Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2011
The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 25, 2010
Anyone looking for a satisfying and coherent science fiction epic will have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
April 18, 2010
Now, in a far less Star Wars saturated landscape, Dune can be viewed as what it is: a brilliant mistake, misguided from the start but still aesthetically satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
The movie is insane; it's textbook Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
June 1, 2007
Lynch's most glaring failure.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 22, 2006
If you think David Lynch is the Kwisatz Haderach, baby, have I got a movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 11, 2006
It's like watching a Reader's Digest synopsis of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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