Dune Reviews

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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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Cole Smithey
June 1, 2007
Lynch's most glaring failure.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2003
Muddled and confusing; you need a scorecard and history book to separate the players and who belongs to what faction. Some nice sequences, though, almost compensate for the shortcomings.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
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.
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
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 14, 1984
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
an exasperating experience because it rarely if ever feels cohesive and intelligible
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Several of the characters in Dune are psychic, which puts them in the unique position of being able to understand what goes on in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
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.
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

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2011
Visually delightful but choppy, confusing, and overloaded with exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 14, 2005
Flashy special effects at the time still hold up decently today. Originally, the film was shown theatrically with a hand out that gives you definitions and background information. Before watching the film, it help if you brush up on the Hebert world by
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

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