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Inland Empire Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… amazingly awesome craziness. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Inland Empire is so locked up in David Lynch's brain that it never burrows its way into ours.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It may not look like anything he's done before, but Inland Empire joins "Mulholland" and the whatzit "Lost Highway" (1997) to form the strangest show-business triptych around. All three concern artists whose identities demand more than one body. The films give new meaning to the phrase "dual citizenship."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Trippy, twisty thriller is totally out to Lynch.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most teens probably won't want to see this strange, practically "underground" David Lynch movie, despite its cast of relatively well-known actors and the fact that Lynch himself has a certain cachet among teens who like their entertainment weird, grotesque, and cool. Much of it defies standard logic, comprehension, and all Hollywood rules of linear storytelling. Plus, although not all experimental movies are filled with adult, disturbing, and taboo material, this one has its fair share.

  • Families can talk about the way the story is told. Is it even clear what the story (or stories) is (or are)? Do you think Lynch could have made the movie simpler and easier to understand and still captured the dreamlike ambiance? Why do you think he chose not to? How is this movie similar to Lynch's other films? How is it different? Why do you think well-known actors would appear in such an unconventional production?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The "nice" version of the heroine, Nikki, cheats on her husband (or seems to), though their marriage shows no sign of warmth or companionship -- just jealousy and possession. Her alter ego, Susan Blue, is a trashy, foulmouthed woman who's into casual extramarital affairs. (Of course, neither one of the personalities may be real ... or both may be.) Characters worthy of emulation are in short supply.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Shocking scenes of stabbing murder by screwdriver, with bleeding, a close up of the wound, and an excruciating death. A woman is beaten. A gun is brandished, but viewers don't see the outcome. Dialogue contains graphic accounts of rape and genital mutilation (male and female).

  • sex false3

    Sex: A physically tame adulterous sex scene is rendered extremely lurid in the context of betrayal and desire. A number of scantily clad Hollywood Boulevard prostitutes recur in the film.

  • language false5

    Language: "F--k," "s--t," and graphic sexual description.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking, talk of drug addiction.