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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 the mystery if their family is to survive. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and, despite some dull patches, pretty much succeeded.
  2. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 26, 2014
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 26, 2014
    Lost River is a beautifully dressed minor effort, a movie in which all the muscle in the world can't transform the thin, thin script into something more.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 26, 2014
    It is colossally indulgent, shapeless, often fantastically and unthinkingly offensive and at all times insufferably conceited. Yet it is frustrating precisely because it sometimes isn't so bad. There is something in there somewhere - striking images and moments, and the crazy energy of a folie de grandeur.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 26, 2014
    The visuals are undeniably dreamy, but they mostly seem borrowed from other filmmakers’ dreams.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 26, 2014
    It goes off the rails early and often. You almost have to give it props for how resolutely batshit it is. Almost.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 26, 2014
    A risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling.

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