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Eric Melin
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
Chris Sawin
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
July 18, 2009
...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 5, 2007
a respectful fugue on Burroughs' life and art ... It can be forgiven its acolyte's soul, for it is willing confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master.
Full Review| Original Score: 87/100
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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
Dan Fienberg
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
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2004
Stands on its own apart from the book.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films.
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2003
At root the most personal mission statement of a vital cinematic voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 6, 2003
Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
January 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
Cronenberg's masterpiece and perhaps the best film ever made about writing
| Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2011
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
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Village Voice
March 19, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 22, 2004
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003

January 9, 2002
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
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