David Lynch: The Art Life (2017)


Critic Consensus: David Lynch: The Art Life offers a look at the director's life and craft whose unusual approach is in keeping with its subject's singularly strange aesthetic.


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This riveting profile of director David Lynch explores how the formative experiences of his youth led him to become the artist he is today. The film includes archival footage and home movies, as well as interviews with Lynch as he paints in his studio.

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Critic Reviews for David Lynch: The Art Life

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (13)

Some of the more obtuse and mystifying elements of his work stem from direct memories filtered through his hallucinatory imagination.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Is there a more rewarding way of spending 90 minutes than watching Lynch putter, reminisce, and work on a sculpture? Maybe, but you'd need to give Lynch the budget to produce another feature to find out.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lynch's art is filled with frightening images, but there's nothing scarier in his work than a father's wrath, whether it's expressed in rape, murder, or just the silent shake of a head.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

For some viewers, it will be more than they want to know, but for Lynch's many partisans, it's required watching.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For Lynch - who hasn't made a feature since 2006's "Inland Empire" - the look back is clearly edifying, as you can feel him reflecting upon his journey in between long drags on his cigarettes.

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

No one else weighs in on Lynch here - it's all him, all the time. And, although chatty, he's not the warmest or most engaging presence. Still, Lynch devotees should dig this respectful, offbeat portrait.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David Lynch: The Art Life

Yeah the focus is on Lynch's painting career and childhood/adolescence but these anecdotes help put his filmography in context. You may not still understand his movies but you'll definitely see what inspired them.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Listening to those life anecdotes is not really interesting or revealing, to be honest, even though some of what Lynch says can be pretty funny and amusing, and it is hard to overlook the fact that the film ends right when it is starting to become more interesting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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