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  • 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    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. This David Cronenberg masterpiece (1991) breaks every rule in adapting a literary classic - maybe On Naked Lunch would be a more accurate title - but justifies every transgression with its artistry and audacity.
  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. 60
    Cronenberg's attempt to meld his style with an established writer didnít exactly pan out.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    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]
  7. 40
    It feels studiously surrealistic, an excuse for cinematic buggery; deep in its center there's a lack of conviction.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JanB.
    Sep 26, 2007
    4
    A surrealistic, frequently boring movie with an incomprehensible plot.

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