Inland Empire Synopsis
Actors star in a remake of an unfinished film in which the leads were murdered.
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By Aaron Hillis
Inland Empire is interchangably terrifying, maddening, shockingly hilarious and perversely exciting, and that's just to those who end up...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rolling Stone

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

By Walter Addiego
The film is dazzling and bewildering in equal measure.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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a true masterpiece

By corntortillas
film is art, and this film is definitely that. "cheese is made from milk. do you get it?"...

Inland Empire in the theatre

By Anamorphosis
This must be seen in the theatre! One of the many aspects to the film is like a perception in or from a theatre with the actress living a live role in a parallel realtime movie. Still absorbing this...


By Evil4Good
You never really know what David Lynch will throw at you; INLAND EMPIRE is 3 hours long but I left fulfullied with what Lynch did. The film was absolutely fragmented, NON-linear and 'where'd the heck...


By pahdonky
tah dah.....expect to be challenged....expect to be exhausted.....must be seen in the theater....must must..........

Ya it's some tough going; but!

By wheel888
I do look forward to a more conventional film from Lynch, or at least closer to it. Still this wild stream of conciousness movie is good for the soul. Thankfuly he ends the film with bang to help...

Must for Lynch fans (obviously)

By sstroud
I like what the other reviewers have said. Great film if you let yourself go with the flow of the film and not try to analyze it. Great performance by Dern, great sound design, music and the film is...

INLAND EMPIRE -- a scary place indeed

By coltmodel
Lynch's most experimental and daring work since ERASERHEAD.  It's a must-see.  Brilliant, difficult, BIG, scary, and a sensational performance by Laura Dern!!!GREAT!...

Be Brave Be Patient

By dogtar
If you are a fan of fresh and challenging filmaking then make the effort to see Inland Empire. It is quite long and sometimes feels slow. However, it is a dimension altering experience....

Lynch at his Lynchiest

By cbreiding
Not since "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" has any Lynch fan expected to find easily digestible story resolutions in a Lynch movie, and "Inland Empire" is no exception. In fact, this is his most...

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Rated R | For language, some violence and sexuality/nudity
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