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April 23, 2013
A challenge if you're expecting a forward-moving plot but there's also more than enough pitch-black humor and straight-faced madness to lighten the mood, especially since Burroughs' strange lingo and vicious knack for language are intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2013
If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 18, 2009
...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought."
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 5, 2007
a respectful fugue on Burroughs' life and art ... It can be forgiven its acolyte's soul, for it is willing ...to confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 87/100
May 5, 2007
This is the only film in which a typewriter beetle kills another typewriter beetle for being a secret agent. I mention it only because of the relevance of the written word, and typewriters %u2013 portable ones in this case %u2013 are the medium of the mes
September 8, 2005
Given that nobody could really have adapted Burroughs' book in any literal manner, what Cronenberg does instead is predictably creepy, warped and dreamy.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2004
Stands on its own apart from the book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 5, 2004
There are no great scenes, just flat moments of weirdness with lots of schlorping noises.
Full Review| Original Score: C+
August 15, 2003
One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 10, 2003
Cronenberg's overly-ambitious attempt at filming the unfilmable.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2003
At root the most personal mission statement of a vital cinematic voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 6, 2003
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2003
A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 16, 2003
While certainly original, its hallucinatory terrain is basically weird for the sake of weird... and ultimately buckles under its own pretense.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2002
Cronenberg's masterpiece and perhaps the best film ever made about writing
| Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Some movies just try too hard to be hip, and David Cronenberg's adaptation of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch is certainly one of them.
January 1, 2000
incomprehensible
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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