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Lost River

Fantasy . Thriller . Drama . Mystery

A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

Actors: Ben Mendelsohn , Iain De Caestecker , Matt Smith , Eva Mendes , Saoirse Ronan , Christina Hendricks , Reda Kateb , Barbara Steele , Landyn Stewart , Rob Zabrecky
Directors: Ryan Gosling
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-10
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  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Lost River ponders people and places left behind in the name of progress. Slyly political, it observes the mortgage crisis through a warped looking glass. The cinematographer, Benoît Debie, finds a perverse beauty in the decline.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Turns out Lost River is indeed a mess, but it's the best mess possible, an evocative grab-bag of images and moods with a heartfelt sincerity and conflicting impulses of romantic melancholy and hardscrabble hopefulness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and, despite some dull patches, pretty much succeeded. Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    "Mad Men" co-star Hendricks’ radiant beauty works in striking contrast to the near-apocalyptic surroundings. Even though this movie is unusual, Hendricks emanates classic Hollywood movie-star appeal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    This is the kind of oddball midnight movie that could easily gain a cult following and there are delights to be had in the midst.

    CineVue Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Lost River displays almost no distinctive personality of its own. The film proves that Gosling has refined taste in movies, and that he’s a quick study, but not that he has much to say as an artist. Not yet, anyway.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Lost River is a beautifully dressed minor effort, a movie in which all the muscle in the world can't transform the thin, thin script into something more.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The bad news is that it still doesn’t quite work, largely because Gosling has bitten off more than he can chew, assembling ideas and images without the directorial vision to connect them. Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Lost River is a film whose reputation precedes it. Viewers have decried it as a mess or lauded it as an artistic achievement ever since it premiered at Cannes 11 months ago. Ultimately, the film is really neither. Yes, Gosling’s ambition exceeds his accomplishment, but what he’s delivered is hardly a disaster.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Despite some genuinely arresting imagery—urban decay abstracted as poetic horror—the true narrative of Lost River is its bizarre, haphazard search for its own identity.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Rather than making his own movie, Gosling has composed a messy love letter to countless others.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    Given the talent assembled, the emptiness at its center only makes it feel like more of a waste. But it does look great, it does sound great (the score, by "Drive" soundtrack contributor Johnny Jewel, is one of the film's best elements), and can be fitfully interesting.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Coasting on charismatic performances and a quality crew, Gosling’s debut proves two things: screenwriting is hard, and stylish and stylised are very different things.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It is colossally indulgent, shapeless, often fantastically and unthinkingly offensive and at all times insufferably conceited. Yet it is frustrating precisely because it sometimes isn't so bad. There is something in there somewhere - striking images and moments, and the crazy energy of a folie de grandeur.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The visuals are undeniably dreamy, but they mostly seem borrowed from other filmmakers’ dreams.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It goes off the rails early and often. You almost have to give it props for how resolutely batshit it is. Almost.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    In time, we may look back at Lost River as a fascinating mess or a misunderstood miss. As for his promise, I’d be fine if Gosling promises to never make a film like this again.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    The story, more a tangle of violent, symbolic gestures, regards economic exploitation with fetishistic, impossibly overdetermined abandon.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Lost River is little more than Detroit-based ruin porn, an aesthetic exploitation of poverty and hardship punctuated by splashes of neon and blood.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The result is cinema you don’t watch so much as absent-mindedly scroll through, wondering when an idea or an image worth clicking on will finally show up.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling.

    Variety Full Review
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