100

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
Inland Empire is interchangably terrifying, maddening, shockingly hilarious and perversely exciting, and that's just to those who end up disliking it.
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
In the end, it's best to make peace with the film's essential and deliberate inscrutability -- something Lynch fans have learned to do since Twin Peaks -- and to simply marvel at Dern's astonishing performance, which few actresses are likely to top anytime soon.
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100

Film Threat

While I did enjoy the ride I took with the film, after the lights came up I was just thrilled Lynch was allowed to create such a journey for us to go on. Imagine what the cinema world would be like if more great directors threw caution to the wind and followed their artistic vision. It's a world I'd like to see and I hope Lynch continues to pave the way.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Inland Empire may be the most aggressively surreal feature film ever released to movie theaters in this country, and it's possibly close to the movie David Lynch carries around in his head.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It may not look like anything he's done before, but Inland Empire joins "Mulholland" and the whatzit "Lost Highway" (1997) to form the strangest show-business triptych around. All three concern artists whose identities demand more than one body. The films give new meaning to the phrase "dual citizenship."
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
By the time Inland Empire, David Lynch's three-hour digital epic shot on a home video camera, takes you through its tour of the contents of the director's febrile imagination, it's probably the bunnies you'll most remember.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
What is Inland Empire - which Lynch is understandably distributing himself - about? What is it trying to say? If you figure that out, let me know.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Inland Empire is so locked up in David Lynch's brain that it never burrows its way into ours.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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