Dune Reviews

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July 19, 2019
Inside Dune is a good freak show struggling to get out (and failing).
January 8, 2019
It can be entertaining to watch, to examine like an odd bit of ephemera, but it does not deserve laurels for failing creatively. There are better ways to manage that feat.
May 2, 2018
Unless you have the book committed to memory, you'll find it practically impossible to follow the story.
January 4, 2018
As you would expect from visionary director David Lynch, it is a movie of often staggering visual power, the most ambitious science fiction film since "2001"; it's also stupefyingly dull and disorderly.
February 21, 2014
An incoherent, strange, plotless, poorly structured mess that has to be seen to really be believed.
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.
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.
April 13, 2012
Misconceived, incomprehensible, and only decently executed, Dune is arguably Lynch's weakest film in an otherwise brilliant output.
July 18, 2011
Visually delightful but choppy, confusing, and overloaded with exposition.
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.
July 18, 2011
The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.
April 25, 2010
Anyone looking for a satisfying and coherent science fiction epic will have to look elsewhere.
June 1, 2007
Lynch's most glaring failure.
February 11, 2006
It's like watching a Reader's Digest synopsis of the novel.
June 15, 2005
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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.
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.
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.
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