Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Cronenberg's attempt to meld his style with an established writer didnĂ­t exactly pan out.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The movie is way too colorful - cute, in a repulsive way, with its crawly special effects - and tame compared with its source.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Cronenberg hasn't so much filmed Naked Lunch as tamed it, turned it into entertainment, with oozy rubber bugs, big and little, that look left over from David Lynch's movie of "Dune," or the intergalactic dive from "Star Wars." [10 Jan 1992]
  4. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    It's a movie for people who really dig Cronenberg's mulchy fixations-and probably for no one else. [27 Dec 1991]
  5. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Edward Guthmann
    Naked Lunch will undoubtedly bring pleasure, much of it perverse, to [David Cronenberg]'s many fans - and, simultaneously, confound and repulse a huge chunk of filmgoers. [10 Jan 1992]
  6. 40
    It feels studiously surrealistic, an excuse for cinematic buggery; deep in its center there's a lack of conviction.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JanB.
    Sep 26, 2007
    A surrealistic, frequently boring movie with an incomprehensible plot.