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Inland Empire (2006)

Inland Empire (2006)



Critic Consensus: Typical David Lynch fare: fans of the director will find Inland Empire seductive and deep. All others will consider the heady surrealism impenetrable and pointless.

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A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, "47," which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. And, that's only the beginning. Soon, a seemingly endless onslaught of indescribably bizarre situations flashes across the screen: a sitcom featuring humans in bunny suits, a parallel story set in a wintry Poland, a houseful of dancing streetwalkers, screwdrivers in stomachs, menacing Polish carnies, and much, much more.


Laura Dern
as Nikki Grace/Susan Blue
Jeremy Irons
as Kingsley Stewart
Justin Theroux
as Devon Berk/Billy Side
Harry Dean Stanton
as Freddie Howard
Peter J. Lucas
as Piotrek Krol
Jan Hench
as Janek
Diane Ladd
as Marilyn Levens
Julia Ormond
as Doris Side
Grace Zabriskie
as Visitor No. 1
Ian Abercrombie
as Henry the Butler
Karen Baird
as Servant
Cameron Daddo
as Devon Berk's Manager
Jerry Stahl
as Devon Berk's Agent
John Churchill
as First A.D. Chuck Ross
Phil DeSanti
as Second A.D. Tim Hurst
Robert Charles Hunter
as Det. Hutchinson
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Critic Reviews for Inland Empire

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (33)

Inland Empire opens and contracts in your imagination while you watch it -- and you're still watching it well after it's left the screen. It's a long but thoroughly absorbing three hours.

May 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An amazing and unshakeable experience.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

You may find Lynch's experimentalism and willful obscurity to be the work of a poseur, ultimately pointless drivel. I can understand that, but I think you would be wrong.

April 13, 2007 | Rating: 4/4

A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films.

April 12, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end.

March 8, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Inland Empire


A nightmare from the mind of David Lynch. Inland Empire is his most disjointed and fragmented which also makes it the most dreamlike. His startling images instantly strike different emotions in viewers. At 3 hours long, this surreal masterwork is not an easy watch and can be a frustrating one but can be a rewarding one if in the right mindset. Laura Dern puts in a brave performance in the leading role.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I am sad to say i could not make it through 'Inland Empire'. I don't understand David Lynch's use of dream-like imagery. I was lost in the story, an found the film way too creepy and unentertaining. Typical Lynch fans may find plenty to love, but everyone else should stay as far away from this one as possible.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

I simply can't stand this movie. David Lynch has his moments for me (namely "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Dr") but "Inland Empire" is his most self indulgent and utterly meaningless film to date. Laura Dern is shockingly committed to this material, turning in one truly bizarre performance. No matter what Lynch says (or does not say) about the picture, "Inland Empire" is meaningless and the exact definition of artistic masturbation. (And believe me, I have given this film more chances that it deserves. I sat through it 3 times.)

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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