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  • Summary: This neo-noir is a mesmerizing meditation on the mysterious nature of identity from director David Lynch.  (October Films)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Hemblade
    This is delightfully bonkers; an eerie and edgy outpouring that makes Twin Peaks look like Moonlighting.
  2. It's a weird movie, in that spooky/sicko, deadpan way that Lynch's movies always are, and it's guaranteed to repel anyone who likes entertainment wrapped in tidy resolutions and optimistic fade- outs.
  3. Properly speaking, this isn't a movie with characters but with figures, each of them as overblown as a plastic inner tube.
  4. 50
    Here, Lynch has traded some of his disturbing originality for noir formula and schticky weirdness.
  5. 50
    It's a shaggy ghost story, an exercise in style, a film made with a certain breezy contempt for audiences.
  6. David Lynch's eye-popping imagery is buried under an avalanche of self-indulgence.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Lost Highway, David Lynch's first movie in five years, is a virtuoso symphony of bad vibes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    52? 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. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    This film follows (and transcends) the European "art film" model of a non linear narrative, oblique dialogue and double characters (a la Luis Buñuel and Krzysztof Kieślowski). However it is also injected with American action film motifs combined with truly odd Lynchian touches that make this one of the most remarkable films of the 90's. The party scene is one of the scariest sequences caught on film...ever. Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2010
    The Lost Highway is good but is nothing up to the standard of Mulholland Drive. It neither sustains or builds up suspense like Mulholland Drive, but the critics have rated it very harshly. There are moments of Lynchian genius and brilliance but this is all in the context of a movie that does not build up the same reputation as other Lynch projects. A good movie that is as disturbing as it is interesting but if you need one to rent during a weekend get Mulholland Drive. Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2013
    "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. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2013
    I find it amusing when people say something like Inception is "confusing". Nobody does it like David Lynch. Lost Highway is one of the most polarizing movies ever made. It's weird,abnormal,confusing, nightmarish', and doesn't follow the typical A-B-C narrative structure. It's definitely a wild ride. Lost Highway isn't Lynch's greatest film, that honor would go to Blue Velvet or Mulholland Drive. But If your looking for an insane movie experience,this is it. Complete off the wall insanity. Expand

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