Under the Silver Lake (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7)

Mitchell has interesting ideas, and his actors seem to be having fun, but that's not enough when the film itself lacks atmosphere, or tension, or emotional engagement.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Mitchell is taking a big swing with his third feature, trying something not just new but also more unconventional, ambitious, and even potentially off-putting.

May 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's fascinating to watch Mitchell grasp for a bigger picture with the wild ambition of his scruffy protagonist.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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It's the kind of raggedy-ass thriller that only gets made when a young filmmaker, emboldened by success, moves past virtues of concision, hoping to summon the full, meandering spell of a paranoid dream. Don't hold it against him.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Pretty soon the commentary on how Hollywood uses women as decoration outweighs the fact that Mitchell's just repeating the cycle - albeit with better-than-average outfits.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Ambitious and fascinating. It's the first Mitchell film that truly held me, the first that feels like the work of a potentially major artist...

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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