Under the Silver Lake Reviews

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July 4, 2019
If a talented filmmaker opening the throttle of his imagination as wide as it can go appeals to you, you should give "Under the Silver Lake" a look.
June 11, 2019
[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.
May 17, 2019
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.
April 20, 2019
Despite all the devilishly clever moments, freaky episodes, and general weirdness, Under the Silver Lake is ultimately unsatisfying.
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April 19, 2019
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...
April 19, 2019
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.
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April 18, 2019
We're still early in David Robert Mitchell's career, but Under the Silver Lake is evidence of a budding major director.
April 18, 2019
Whether you will find anything of lasting meaning is less certain. "Under the Silver Lake" is rarely uninteresting, but it smells a little staler than it should.
April 18, 2019
Under the Silver Lake may be for you a satisfying experience, a sort of high-gloss, nicely crafted daydream with a good score and generous references to LA noir films.
April 18, 2019
It may not be an easy movie to sell to an audience, but it's not an easy one to forget either.
April 18, 2019
Writer-director David Robert Mitchell is too gifted an artist to write off for one slip up, but this L.A. noir starring Andrew Garfield as an amateur sleuth addled by sex, drugs and conspiracy theories goes nowhere, very, very slowly.
April 17, 2019
By attempting to craft a slick mélange of neo-noir, dark slacker comedy and puzzle-driven treasure hunt, Mitchell has produced a film that is so preoccupied with turning itself on that it forgets to focus on the desires or basic needs of its audience.
April 17, 2019
There is something refreshing about Mitchell's playful approach to Los Angeles' sordid history of cults and murders, as well as the high and low pop culture and marketing that America's second largest city manufactures.
April 17, 2019
"Under the Silver Lake" is less a cinematic folly than a category mistake, taking the sterility of its own imaginative conceits for a metaphysical condition.
April 16, 2019
Enabling and mocking paranoid obsession at the same time might sound incoherent. In this hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, it's simply honest.
March 17, 2019
Mitchell - using gorgeously extravagant camera moves and an orgasmically lush score - pays homage to Old Hollywood and is equally indebted to the work of Richard Linklater, David Lynch and the Coen brothers.
March 12, 2019
Bravo to David Robert Mitchell for having the guts to make this mad mongrel of a movie.
May 17, 2018
If you were being charitable you could paint the film as a satire on the primitive male psyche and its consequences for women. If that's the case, though, it's awfully well hidden.
May 17, 2018
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
A tiresomely self-regarding story that not even Garfield's allure can enliven.
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