Lost River


Lost River

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Lost River suggests that debuting writer-director Ryan Gosling may have a bright future as a filmmaker, but it doesn't hold together well enough to recommend on its own merit.



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Ryan Gosling tries his hand at writing and directing with this fantasy thriller starring Christina Hendricks as a mother struggling to protect her kids in a dreamlike city. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Lost River

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  • Everything ... is painfully obvious or patently nonsensical.

    May 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Indulgent and movie-like, Lost River is Gosling's weird, let's-do-this-thing folly. If it is a statement, it is one made by borrowing the vivid styles of the actual filmmakers he seems to admire ...

    Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Designed to daze and confuse, and succeeding, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a stunner in visual terms alone.

    Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ryan Gosling is a tremendously talented actor, but he should really leave the storytelling to someone else.

    Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • "Lost River" is one of those weird films that I think some people will absolutely adore, grabbing on to its performances, imagery, and ideas, without really caring that they haven't been stitched together in an interesting enough way.

    Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Lost River" is indeed a mess, but it's the best mess possible, an evocative grab-bag of images and moods with a heartfelt sincerity and conflicting impulses of romantic melancholy and hardscrabble hopefulness.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • May 28, 2016
    A shot and a miss as Ryan Gosling attempts to create a cult classic. The problem is the villains never seem villainous enough so when the final confrontation happens, it all seems anti climatic. Some high points here and there, but mostly you wait for something to happen.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2015
    Gosling creates an ominous atmosphere with a hypnotizing cinematography and a great score, but this incredibly pretentious and self-indulgent salad of influences - Lynch, Bava, Argento, Refn and so on - has a terrible sense of lack of purpose, with apparently nothing to say.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2015
    Despite good looks inspired by Lynch and Refn, Lost River just doesn't have a firm grip and is overly indulgent with its ridiculous dialogues and lousy script. A mix between a dreamlike narrative and a fairly tale, Lost River mostly doesn't work because it's just trying too hard. Way too hard. There could be something interesting here but it's just too pretentious to be anything else.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    In "Lost River," Billie(Christina Hendricks) is told by Dave(Ben Mendelsohn), her bank manager, that she is in danger of losing her home, like so many around her. While there seems little chance for her to be able to come up with all the money she owes on her own, Dave does know of a place that is hiring. Meanwhile, Billie's teenage son, Bones(Iain De Caestecker), earns money by stripping wiring from abandoned properties all around town, earning the ire of Bully(Matt Smith). As a director with his first feature "Lost River," Ryan Gosling shows a remarkable eye for memorable imagery, creating a post-apocalyptic fantasia out of the urban ruins of Detroit. Sadly, his writing is not on the same high level, with random story elements floating around in purely Lynchian fashion. That's with performances to match, with Saoirse Ronan and Ben Mendelsohn(who also sings and dances) faring best.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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