Two actors (Laura Dern, Justin Theroux) star in a remake of a film which was originally unfinished because its leads were murdered.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
" A can't-miss experience and likely one of the year's very best films. "
" A free-fall plunge through David Lynch's imagination, a curious and often astonishing place. The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure. "
" An amazing and unshakeable experience. "
" Inland Empire is full of good and bad girls, but [Lynch] gives this obsession an interesting spin by having most of them played by the same actress. "
" Inland Empire might be David Lynch's masterpiece -- or it might just be a total mess. Either way it's vintage Lynch and designed exclusively, it seems, for hardcore fans -- or perhaps solely for the director himself. "
" It's worth watching as yet another example of Lynch's extraordinary collaboration with Dern. It may be overstating things to call her performance heroic, but it's nothing if not brave, as she dares to embody Lynch's most brutal impressions of Hollywood. "
" The thrill of Inland Empire lies, I think, in surrendering yourself to its epic weirdness, falling under its spell and allowing Lynch to gradually lead you back into the light. "
" The way to watch it is to skip uneasily along its surface and steel yourself for those moments when Lynch pulls you into the vortex. More than any working filmmaker, he knows the dreamlike power of undertow. "
" Undeniably, Inland Empire has moments that seem like transmissions from cinema's future. "
" Whether shattering or boring, you'll still have your eyes wide, wide open from begin to end. "
" While you suspect Lynch's digital video acumen will flower into something extraordinary in coming projects, this one's intermittently extraordinary at best. "
" You may find Lynch's experimentalism and willful obscurity to be the work of a poseur, ultimately pointless drivel. I can understand that, but I think you would be wrong. "
" ...The film, which begins promisingly, disappears down so many rabbit holes (one of them involving actual rabbits) that eventually it just disappears for good. "
" A bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark. "
" Lynch's brilliant and bizarre films have often come to us as a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, but his latest is enshrouded with two layers of 'who cares?' "
" The effect, after an hour or two, begins to resemble a very anxiety-fraught session of watching music videos on MTV. "
" Inland Empire is essentially a journey inside David Lynch's mind, sometimes burrowing very deep indeed. Nobody else could have made this film; nobody else should try. "
" With Inland Empire, the whole thing feels stuck in Lynch's noggin. "
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