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Inland Empire Reviews

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October 7, 2006
David Lynch has been working on his latest film, Inland Empire for years, and it feels like he has included every minute of the footage he shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 4, 2007
...ideal for those who thought [David Lynch's] Mulholland Drive was too simple and straightforward...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Trippy, twisty thriller is totally out to Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
January 25, 2007
Lynch obviously loves to mess with our minds, but if you try wading to the bottom of this thing you'll hit your head on the floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 5, 2006
...I prefer my Lynch artistically shackled by the restraints of a film camera.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
December 5, 2006
I can't totally recommend Inland Empire. But something tells me I'd be a fool to totally dismiss it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 6, 2006
What is Inland Empire -- which Lynch is understandably distributing himself -- about? What is it trying to say? If you figure that out, let me know.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
December 6, 2006
This time Lynch has really lost his bananas, and the grapefruits aren't looking too ripe either.
| Original Score: 1/5
Boyd van Hoeij
September 8, 2006
Some die-hard fans will no doubt like it, but most likely INLAND EMPIRE (yes - all capitals) will only be remembered as the second orthographically peculiar title after Mullholland Dr.
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Jay Weissberg
October 28, 2006
Inland Empire may mesmerize those for whom the helmer can do no wrong, but the unconvinced and the occasional admirer will find it dull as dishwater and equally murky.
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Dana Stevens
December 15, 2006
The effect, after an hour or two, begins to resemble a very anxiety-fraught session of watching music videos on MTV.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 6, 2006
Not only is the storytelling murky, so is the picture quality. Video technology may have enabled the director to experiment with long takes and extreme close-ups, but it also yields a movie that's dull on several levels.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2006
An interminable bore.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2006
...The film, which begins promisingly, disappears down so many rabbit holes (one of them involving actual rabbits) that eventually it just disappears for good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 26, 2007
... the avant-gardism feels less born of Lynch's bizarre brain than there to prop up his reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 17, 2007
It's a bit like watching the final 40 minutes of Mulholland stretched to three hours and filmed with digital-video cameras available at a Circuit City near you.
| Original Score: C
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 6, 2006
Despite its moments of inspired terror and mystery, this isn't a cult hit in the making like Mulholland Drive, or a contrarian critic's delight like Lost Highway. It's an opaque and baffling work, difficult to follow and difficult to like.
George Wu
October 28, 2006
It feels Lynchian to the point of self-parody.
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