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Inland Empire Reviews

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 14, 2007
A three-hour practical joke without a punchline, at once maddeningly obscure and infinitely boring.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 12, 2007
A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Stuart McGurk
March 30, 2007
It's very possibly a work of genius. It could also be the most pretentious pile of garbage ever to make the big screen. But one thing it isn't is unoriginal. If nothing else, the man should be applauded for that.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 28, 2007
The most Lynchian of all his films. It may also be the most maddening -- or the most brilliant. Or possibly both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 23, 2007
If Hollywood is where dreams go to die, Inland Empire is what it looks like when their lives flash before their eyes.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 17, 2007
As opaque a movie as I've ever seen, yet riveting or hypnotic in a way that makes you feel not that you've seen it, but that you've dreamt it.
Peter Bradshaw
March 10, 2007
The great eroto-surrealist David Lynch has gone truffling for another imaginary orifice of pleasure, with results that are fascinating, sometimes very unwholesome, and always enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 9, 2007
"Inland Empire" represents Lynch at his unfettered best as well as his undisciplined worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 8, 2007
Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end.
Matthew Turner
March 8, 2007
A must-see for Lynch fans, this is unlike anything else you'll see this year and if you can make it through the lengthy running time the rewards are considerable. A masterpiece (probably).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
March 7, 2007
A dazzling and exquisitely original riddle as told by an enigma, featuring a superb, multi-layered performance by Laura Dern.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Leyland
March 6, 2007
The man's still a genius; he just needs to be more ruthless in the editing suite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 2, 2007
Inland Empire is self-indulgent and overlong and guaranteed to try the patience of all but the most devoted Lynch fan. But for all that I don't regret having spent three hours wallowing in its eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 2, 2007
Lynch and Dern collaborate on a stark impression of the duality of acting... that reveals Lynch's empathy and Dern's utter fearlessness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
February 24, 2007
Seduced by "blue tomorrows," entranced by dancers, you're watching too. What you're seeing is about you.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 21, 2007
Inland Empire might just be the funniest movie of the year. Or maybe its the most horrifying. Trust me: It's difficult to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
February 19, 2007
Imagine what the cinema world would be like if more great directors threw caution to the wind and followed their artistic vision.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 15, 2007
You say 'impenetrable', I say 'thrilling'; let's call the whole thing a near-masterpiece.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 15, 2007
Lynch's brilliant and bizarre films have often come to us as a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, but his latest is enshrouded with two layers of 'who cares?'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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