Under the Silver Lake

Under the Silver Lake


Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) reads signs and clues that may (or may not) lead him to find a woman (Riley Keough, Mad Max: Fury Road) who suddenly disappeared in this surreal mystery-comedy from the writer-director of It Follows.

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David Robert Mitchell’s follow up to the wonderful It Follows is a beautifully shot but meandering misfire, following Andrew Garfield’s dull protagonist around Los Angeles in a boring-ass attempt at modern noir. An underwhelming, overlong cure for insomnia.

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  • Despite a compelling lead in Andrew Garfield, the tension dissipates rather than mounts as this knotty neo-noir slides into a Lynchian swamp of outre weirdness. Full Review

  • If the destination ultimately proves a little less satisfying than the trip, Mitchell and his collaborators fill us with so many moody reveries that we succumb to its warped logic and indelible vividness. Full Review

  • If you were being charitable you could paint the film as a satire on the primitive male psyche and its consequences for women. If that's the case, though, it's awfully well hidden. Full Review

  • It's the kind of raggedy-ass thriller that only gets made when a young filmmaker, emboldened by success, moves past virtues of concision, hoping to summon the full, meandering spell of a paranoid dream. Don't hold it against him. Full Review

  • Really, though, Under the Silver Lake's most easily definable problem is a simple one: it's a little dull. Full Review

  • Ambitious and fascinating. It's the first Mitchell film that truly held me, the first that feels like the work of a potentially major artist... Full Review

  • Vox

    It's no Mulholland Drive, but the point of Under the Silver Lake rhymes with themes from David Lynch's masterpiece: that lifetimes of watching others has instructed us in how to be watched ourselves. Full Review

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