Eraserhead (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eraserhead (1977)



Critic Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

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This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.

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Jack Nance
as Henry Spencer
Judith Anna Roberts
as Beautiful Girl Across the Hall
Laurel Near
as Lady in the Radiator
Jack Fisk
as Man In The Planet
Jean Lange
as Grandmother
Neil Moran
as The Boss
Hal Landon Jr.
as Pencil Machine Operator
Brad Keeler
as Little Boy
Peggy Lynch
as Person Digging in the Alley
Doddie Keeler
as Person Digging in the Alley
Gill Dennis
as Man with Cigar
Toby Keeler
as Man Fighting
Raymond J. Walsh
as Mr. Roundheels
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Critic Reviews for Eraserhead

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (8)

What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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A murkily pretentious shocker.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Top Critic

Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

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Oh, what an atmosphere!

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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I just don't get it!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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