Under the Silver Lake

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Under the Silver Lake hits its stride slightly more often than it stumbles, but it's hard not to admire - or be drawn in by - writer-director David Robert Mitchell's ambition.



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Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

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  • [Director David Robert] Mitchell has a gift for arresting and slightly discomfiting imagery, but he either can't, or won't, submit to the editing discipline that would give the film pace and drive.

    Jun 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • That makes this quintessentially Los Angeles tale a frustrating viewing experience, but its open-endedness will help it rally a cult-like following of believers.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Despite all the devilishly clever moments, freaky episodes, and general weirdness, Under the Silver Lake is ultimately unsatisfying.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't help that the plot is tortuous, and the resolution is an inarguable letdown. And yet! Mitchell's ambitions, observations, and moods make the picture a dippy blast...

    Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

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  • No matter how shaggy and self-indulgent it is, or how anticlimactic its big so-what of an ending ends up being, I was never bored. More than that, I kind of dug its sheer swing-for-the-fences insanity.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • We're still early in David Robert Mitchell's career, but Under the Silver Lake is evidence of a budding major director.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

    Danny Hensel

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