• Released
  • December 27, 1991
  • R , 1 hr 55 min
  • Erotic Drama
    Avant-garde / Experimental
Naked Lunch Synopsis
Bug killer (Peter Weller) hallucinates, kills wife (Judy Davis), becomes writer.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Though much of Naked Lunch is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone - Cronenberg's...
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90

Variety

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Stretching himself with each new work, David Cronenberg has come up with a fascinating, demanding, mordantly funny picture.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Ultimately, Naked Lunch is more about the act of writing, while the original is concerned with the phenomenon of addiction. Each does what...
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75

TV Guide

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A treat for Cronenberg fans, though this could hardly be called a gripping, or emotionally involving, story; you're more likely to need a...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Paradoxically cerebral and primal, reasonable and anti-rational, life- affirming and nihilistic, Naked Lunch is a sensual and intellectual...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Naked Lunch is so well-acted and so amusingly warped that it's a shoo-in to become a cult movie. [30 Dec 1991]
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
While I admired it in an abstract way, I felt repelled by the material on a visceral level.
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60

Empire

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Cronenberg's attempt to meld his style with an established writer didnít exactly pan out.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Naked Lunch will undoubtedly bring pleasure, much of it perverse, to [David Cronenberg]'s many fans - and, simultaneously, confound and...
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50

Boston Globe

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...
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Rated R