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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  • 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…

    A.A. Dowd

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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…

    Eric Kohn

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  • This film just wades into a murky lake of self-consciousness and sinks inexorably to the bottom.

    May 16, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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