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Eraserhead Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
January 13, 2017
"In heaven, everything is fine," but in Eraserhead (1977) nothing is fine. David Lynch's debut feature is grim, disturbed, mutated, claustrophobic, a world that appears to be unraveling-or, more accurately, decaying-before our eyes.
Eric Melin
December 13, 2015
Linear plots with easily defined cause and effect are the kinds of stories we are used to, but sometimes it's refreshing to enter a world where logic takes a backseat to purely evocative storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
September 29, 2015
It is the vision of the paranoid transposed upon the screen; the fact that it remains extremely interesting ought, I suppose, to be worrying. But perhaps our eyes have become so desensitised that nothing, any more, will widen the iris.
Peter Bradshaw
October 14, 2014
It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
October 14, 2014
David Lynch never explains because he doesn't need to, his is the faith of the irrational, disconcertingly childlike in its illusionism.
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Tom Buckley
New York Times
October 14, 2014
A murkily pretentious shocker.
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
October 14, 2014
David Lynch's Eraserhead must stand as a pinnacle of screen surrealism to rival Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou.
J.C. Maçek III
October 9, 2014
You may never figure out the story or what it is meant to convey, but the lighting, effects, editing and directing are so dead on and beautifully executed that the visuals carry the piece over every question mark. In the end the questions beckon you back.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 25, 2014
a nightmarish spin down an industrial-wasteland rabbit hole that is equal parts surreal head-scratcher and emotionally driven horrorshow
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
September 23, 2014
Sculpted out of blocks of stark light amid pools of impenetrable darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Josh Larsen
July 18, 2014
...expertly crafted, wildly imaginative and deeply, deeply disturbing
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
The most terrifying film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
October 8, 2012
By now, the most interesting thing about Lynch's cult-classic debut may be the evidence it offers of how fully his sensibility was formed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2011
As pure cinema, Eraserhead is in a universe all its own, writing and obeying its own oblique rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
David Lynch's filmic immersion into the surreal world of his distinctly odd protagonist Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) comes through in a creepy black-and-white black comedy that functions perfectly as a nerve-wracking exercise in existential horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 15, 2008
Eraserhead was David Lynch's first feature length film, and it's the real thing: raw, uncompromised, more visceral than anything he's done since.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 12, 2008
David Lynch's remarkable first film, made in 1976, still looks like a minor masterpiece, mixing Gothic horror, surrealism and darkly expressionist mise-en-scène.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 12, 2008
David Lynch has "cleaned up" his freaky feature debut, but don't worry - it's still an amazing industrial nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
September 12, 2008
David Lynch's 1977 feature debut Eraserhead is one of those rare films that really deserves its cult status - a nightmarish, heavily symbolic story set in a postapocalyptic future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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