Reviews

Jun 4, 2021
It's not quite deserving of whistling, but its potential to unsettle is undone by Gosling's reliance on style over substance.
Feb 14, 2021
One unforgettable image after another, this dreamlike gothic urban fantasy has more staying power than any other recent films I've seen.
May 10, 2019
There's more than a nugget of intrigue to this era-less, nihilism-inflected tale, but Gosling is too concerned with aesthetic and tone to deliver much of a narrative.
Apr 4, 2019
For Gosling it seems to be train set, a paint box and a whole crate of star studded action figures to play with and he throws them at the screen willy-nilly, in a way which is at least exuberant and entertaining.
Oct 16, 2017
Overall, Lost River isn't worth its rental fee, unless you absolutely must see Gosling's effort for yourself. Otherwise, take my word for it-wait until Ryan Gosling makes another movie.
Jun 6, 2016
Lost River is little more than "cool shots, bro."
May 28, 2016
While 'Lost River' might not be a model of narrative efficiency, it's got more striking moments and memorable images than a season of studio product.
Mar 4, 2016
Either you will hate it for being pretentiously artsy or love it as a mesmerising mess.
Feb 26, 2016
Lost River is a hugel y impressive debut, even if it is ultimately flawed. It feels like a first feature, and that's OK, and displays an art and eye from Gosling you might not have thought he possessed.
Jan 25, 2016
That Gosling is so serious about his inconsequential pronouncements, makes this mess more of a mess.
Dec 18, 2015
It all descends into blood and fire as Gosling sifts through his Blu-ray collection to share the images and moods he loves. Does it work as a movie? Nah, not really. But as cinematic mix tapes go, it's kind of cool.
Aug 24, 2015
Lost River is absolutely not going to be for everybody but that's precisely why it's worth your time. Gosling's first outing is hopefully not going to be his last.
May 20, 2015
Writer-director-producer Ryan Gosling creates one of the most unwatchable films in years. "Lost River" is a noir nightmare that desperately tries to channel David Lynch, but fails miserably.
May 14, 2015
Everything ... is painfully obvious or patently nonsensical.
May 4, 2015
Ryan Gosling's stylish and evocative directorial debut shows some potential even if his script is a muddled and incoherent mess.
May 4, 2015
Ryan Gosling has taken many great visual skills from his time with director Nicholas Winding Refn, but unfortunately his writing still has a long way to go, turning Lost River into an aimless and bland experience to rival Refn's own Only God Forgives.
Apr 24, 2015
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 23, 2015
Designed to daze and confuse, and succeeding, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a stunner in visual terms alone.
Apr 23, 2015
Nothing wrong with a bit of hero-worship/homage, but Ryan Gosling's writing/directing debut is a little too self-Refn-rential for its own good.
Apr 17, 2015
Stylized drama about poverty has some disturbing violence.