Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Although uneven and too deliberately obscure in meaning to be entirely satisfying, result remains sufficiently intriguing and startling to bring many of Lynch's old fans back on board for this careening ride.
  2. Lost Highway, an elaborate hallucination that could never be mistaken for the work of anyone else, finds Mr. Lynch echoing the perversity of "Blue Velvet," the earlier film of his that this most closely resembles.
  3. Beautifully made but emotionally empty, it exists only for the sensation of its provocative moments.
  4. The film actually deserves four stars for its imaginative style and astonishing suspense, zero stars for its shameless exploitation of violent shocks and loveless sensuality.
  5. David Lynch's eye-popping imagery is buried under an avalanche of self-indulgence.
  6. 50
    It's a soulless and dull bit of showmanship, but it sure sounds profound.
  7. 50
    Lynch, who penned the screenplay with novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart), seems to be attempting to capture not just a sense of place and time (it never works -- Lost Highway is wholly, irrevocably, out of place and without any linear time or time line to speak of), but also a sense of madness.
  8. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    50
    In Lost Highway, reality has become a dream. But Lynch has forgotten how boring it is listening to someone else's dream.
  9. 50
    It's a shaggy ghost story, an exercise in style, a film made with a certain breezy contempt for audiences.
  10. 50
    Here, Lynch has traded some of his disturbing originality for noir formula and schticky weirdness.
  11. In Lost Highway, David Lynch dabbles in spooky, chilly implication and a sort of hip incoherence.
  12. 40
    A feature-length Twilight Zone episode, filtered -- not entirely successfully -- though the sensibilities of David Lynch and his Wild at Heart collaborator, Barry Gifford.
  13. 40
    A slow, ponderous, ultimately unsuccessful exercise in cerebral nihilism.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Andy
    Jul 19, 2009
    2
    Thought this movie was garbage. And trust me Will S., I'm not an idiot - I'm much smarter than you. This movie just panders to an Thought this movie was garbage. And trust me Will S., I'm not an idiot - I'm much smarter than you. This movie just panders to an audience that desperately wants to think of itself as elitist and high-culture. That is why it has amassed such a cult following, and that is why it has a 9.3 user rating on MetaCritic. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    52? Seriously? This movie is absolutely brilliant. If you're someone who enjoys being fed meaning then it's simply not for you. Those prepared52? Seriously? This movie is absolutely brilliant. If you're someone who enjoys being fed meaning then it's simply not for you. Those prepared to feel their own way and drop the barriers between dream and "reality" will find an intangible joy in unusual and familiar dark places. When I first watched Mulholland Drive I felt cheated, disturbed and confused. I've since learned to give in to the confusion and explore all the gaps between my stupid expectations. I find it rather offensive that Mulholland Drive has such a high rating in comparison to Lost Highway and can only assume that it's due to the nudity and lesbian scenes. I really hope that isn't true. David Lynch uses sex as a vehicle for something far more erotic and devastatingly honest. His movies leave me twisting for truth and dreaming within dreams that turn on themselves and walk their way "back" into life. I will always have a sincere love and respect for the artist that showed me what I want by failing to deliver what I learned to need. Thank you for denying me this and granting me so much more. Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    7
    "Lost Highway" is an example about most experimental David Lynch's films. A possible Doppelgänger lead character, Fred, and a mysterious"Lost Highway" is an example about most experimental David Lynch's films. A possible Doppelgänger lead character, Fred, and a mysterious unsolved crime. It's very difficult to understand this film with first view. It's necessary to watch again. Interesting film no logic. It's an avant-garde movie. Full Review »