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Inland Empire Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 25, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2007
An amazing and unshakeable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 4, 2007
A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 12, 2007
A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 8, 2007
Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end.
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?'
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 9, 2007
A free-fall plunge through David Lynch's imagination, a curious and often astonishing place. The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2007
With Inland Empire, the whole thing feels stuck in Lynch's noggin.
Read More | Original Score: C-
February 3, 2007
Undeniably, Inland Empire has moments that seem like transmissions from cinema's future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
January 26, 2007
Inland Empire is full of good and bad girls, but [Lynch] gives this obsession an interesting spin by having most of them played by the same actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2007
While you suspect Lynch's digital video acumen will flower into something extraordinary in coming projects, this one's intermittently extraordinary at best.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2007
Inland Empire is essentially a journey inside David Lynch's mind, sometimes burrowing very deep indeed. Nobody else could have made this film; nobody else should try.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 11, 2007
It's worth watching as yet another example of Lynch's extraordinary collaboration with Dern. It may be overstating things to call her performance heroic, but it's nothing if not brave, as she dares to embody Lynch's most brutal impressions of Hollywood.
December 15, 2006
The effect, after an hour or two, begins to resemble a very anxiety-fraught session of watching music videos on MTV.
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
December 14, 2006
The thrill of Inland Empire lies, I think, in surrendering yourself to its epic weirdness, falling under its spell and allowing Lynch to gradually lead you back into the light.
December 8, 2006
The way to watch it is to skip uneasily along its surface and steel yourself for those moments when Lynch pulls you into the vortex. More than any working filmmaker, he knows the dreamlike power of undertow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2006
Inland Empire might be David Lynch's masterpiece -- or it might just be a total mess. Either way it's vintage Lynch and designed exclusively, it seems, for hardcore fans -- or perhaps solely for the director himself.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 5, 2006
I can't totally recommend Inland Empire. But something tells me I'd be a fool to totally dismiss it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2006
David Lynch's extraordinary, savagely uncompromised new film is as cracked as Mad magazine, though generally more difficult to parse.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2006
It's an experience. Either you give yourself over to it or you don't. And if you do, don't miss the end credits.
December 4, 2006
Lynch serves up enough irrationally disturbing images for 100 classic Asian horror films, and the bedraggled Dern is so overflowingly open that you can't dismiss the movie as an arty exercise.
November 30, 2006
A great big puzzle movie that even Lynch appears not to have figured out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 29, 2006
Inland Empire is so locked up in David Lynch's brain that it never burrows its way into ours.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 23, 2006
My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 30, 2006
An interminable bore.
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.
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.