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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: Bill Lee becomes addicted to the insect powder he uses and accidentally kills his wife. Under the influence of the powder, he finds himself in a world of bugs and writing reports of his secret missions.
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 115 min
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Though much of Naked Lunch is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone - Cronenberg's unshakable sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety. [10 Jan 1992]
  2. 80
    There's a synergistic overlap here between Cronenberg's own particular brand of weirdness and Burroughs's; they're both twisted in ways that complement each other nicely.
  3. Ultimately, Naked Lunch is more about the act of writing, while the original is concerned with the phenomenon of addiction. Each does what it does well… but differently.
  4. 63
    While I admired it in an abstract way, I felt repelled by the material on a visceral level.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Cronenberg's attempt to meld his style with an established writer didnít exactly pan out.
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    40
    It feels studiously surrealistic, an excuse for cinematic buggery; deep in its center there's a lack of conviction.

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