Lost River

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  • Summary: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into theSet against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Apr 9, 2015
    80
    Lost River ponders people and places left behind in the name of progress. Slyly political, it observes the mortgage crisis through a warped looking glass. The cinematographer, Benoît Debie, finds a perverse beauty in the decline.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    69
    Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and, despite some dull patches, pretty much succeeded.
  3. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 26, 2014
    60
    This is the kind of oddball midnight movie that could easily gain a cult following and there are delights to be had in the midst.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 26, 2014
    42
    Rather than making his own movie, Gosling has composed a messy love letter to countless others.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Apr 6, 2015
    40
    Coasting on charismatic performances and a quality crew, Gosling’s debut proves two things: screenwriting is hard, and stylish and stylised are very different things.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 26, 2014
    40
    The visuals are undeniably dreamy, but they mostly seem borrowed from other filmmakers’ dreams.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 26, 2014
    20
    A risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 10, 2015
    10
    The intro cuts, shot choices, color tones, neons, the shallow dof shots, and wide angle shots are incredible.
    Ryan truly made Detroit a
    The intro cuts, shot choices, color tones, neons, the shallow dof shots, and wide angle shots are incredible.
    Ryan truly made Detroit a character. Yes there are influences of Refn, Cianfrance, and Malick, but shouldn't there be? I even felt a little bit of Harmony Korine. Ryan is a talented and dedicated actor, he spent the time while on set with these directors to learn from them, no surprise that his directorial debut would show their influence. Ryan is also a musician, and the number that Ben Mendelsohn does with what I believe to be Ryans voice or at least written song is electrifying. Eva Mendes is underrated period, she killed in A Place Beyond the Pines, and her talent to convey strong emotion with little to no words is seen again in this film. All in all, the movie was casted perfect, hats off to the casting director and Ryan. The story is one of the directors narrative, which is what film should be. Viewers need to learn to appreciate movies for moments and originality, rather then hold every film they see to summer blockbuster standers or cookie cutter scripts. This movie is a cinematic art installation, and a look into Goslings storytelling mind. I'm sure it will be a cult classic, and nevertheless how dope is it that a leading actors brain works like that? I mean imagine this film for the generations to come, and the body of work Gosling will leave behind? How cool would it have been if James Dean would have made a film like this? Pay attention to the monologues and writing in this film, its phenomenal. I hope he directs more films in his career, and this film deserves a wider release. Hollywood sometimes under appreciates, as well as doesn't give the credit certain artist deserve because they won't do studio movies or be a puppet. This is a great movie, and I hope more people have the opportunity to see it. - Jutt DaRe
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  2. May 22, 2015
    10
    One of the best movies of 2014. I enjoyed every part of this movie. Ryan is a fantastic director as well as an actor. The dark real worldOne of the best movies of 2014. I enjoyed every part of this movie. Ryan is a fantastic director as well as an actor. The dark real world fairy tale like story is great, the visual are fantastic, the performances are good, especially Matt Smith as the psychopath Bully. The panning this movie got i really didn't understand. With all the unoriginal movies these day's it's great to see an original, well directed movie. Critic's really don't know what their talking about. Lost river is a Masterpiece Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2015
    9
    This is one of those movies that require complete attention from the viewer. It's not going to explain itself in a way kids would need it toThis is one of those movies that require complete attention from the viewer. It's not going to explain itself in a way kids would need it to be told. This is a movie about decay, childhood, fears, and is filled with many different meanings to many things.
    It's a beautiful film, and it's story is easy to understand if given its due attention. Great actors, and stunning visuals. It inspires thoughts of introspection on the attentive viewer. Things like ´´what exactly is it that we are afraid?´´ or ´´ Why is it that we cling to certain things that aren't good for us? ´´ Whether Ryan Gosling did this intentionally, or by pure magical accident, it does not matter. What matters is that this is an incredible film, that although may be criticised as being too slow, or of having too many references to other directors, is compelling, and original in itself, and will surely become a cult classic.
    Ignore the ´´professional´´ critics on this one, otherwise you'll miss out on something great.
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  4. May 7, 2015
    7
    Underrated......All in all I enjoyed the movie, very weird and dream like at times but I really like the style. People compare it to driveUnderrated......All in all I enjoyed the movie, very weird and dream like at times but I really like the style. People compare it to drive but the only real comparison is the soundtrack other than that this is completely different. Very independent and well shot. It's a movie about the struggles of poor community's and some fairy tale stories behind them. Sometimes the story and scenes are unnecessary but it was risky and goslin is trying to be exactly that. I could for sure see this movie becoming a criterion someday because of the style and riskiness . Go watch it and enjoy it for the weird creepy fairy tale it is. Expand
  5. DND
    May 13, 2015
    7
    First RG experience as a director; following this, you can not blame the author too much, i guess.
    The movie is perfectly shoot and also
    First RG experience as a director; following this, you can not blame the author too much, i guess.
    The movie is perfectly shoot and also there you can see a great script-pot work. Intense colourful storyline with nice ambient musical performance. Although, it is hard to give the high score.
    At some point you realize that you need more ACTION in that one. As a result, some parts of a movie looks astonishing, yet the others are a bit slow played.
    All in all, i can not say it is a bad movie or a good one. I believe RG has a large potential for doing anything much more beyond and not alike the LR. That's for sure.
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  6. Jun 15, 2015
    6
    You can easily see the influences from Nicolas Winding Refn and David Lynch in this film; it's so dreamy and airy, yet colorful while the filmYou can easily see the influences from Nicolas Winding Refn and David Lynch in this film; it's so dreamy and airy, yet colorful while the film feels slow and almost a bit lifeless. While the story becomes a bit muddled and incoherent, the calibur of the cast's talent as well as the film's soundtrack leave me hopeful for Ryan Gosling's next project. Expand
  7. Apr 10, 2015
    4
    Focus more on story more than visuals or your movie isn't going to make any sense or even going anywhere, just stuck in it's own tracksFocus more on story more than visuals or your movie isn't going to make any sense or even going anywhere, just stuck in it's own tracks Gosling.

    The story is about a single mother is swept into a dark underworld while her son discovers an underwater town.

    I was interested in Lost River every since it's first teaser trailer by it's fairy tale imagery and with the repeating words of "Look at my muscles", by Matt Smith . But after hearing the negative reviews and the fact that this movie was booed at the Cannes film festival. After seeing the movie I can see what Ryan Gosling was trying to reach but it didn't really mash well on screen and the overall result is a mess of film and I'm not here to hate on Gosling as I had hope for him and maybe he can do a better directed movie in the future.

    Ryan Gosling directing in the movie was meh, and the whole time I noticed he worked on the visuals and the look of the movie which by the looks great but still I felt the focus was only on that and not the whole film, I might be wrong or not. Ryan has worked with many directors in his career with the same style but I think he really took the style and version that Nicolas Winding Refn had with Only God Forgives and I wouldn't call it a bad thing as some critics are making it out to be, it's just a actor starting directing who wants to be like another director he worked with to get the directing career started.

    Matt Smith (Or Doctor from Doctor Who to those who seen the show) is also in this movie and he was actually pretty good and honestly the best part of this movie for me.

    The movie itself has this fair tale dream look to it with it's visual's and I think the perfect director who would have made this movie much better is David Lynch as his movies do have a dream like look to it which would worked more in Lost River, because to be honest the movie felt like a bore at times showing pretty imagery and no weight to it which still remains forgettable.
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