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Under the Silver Lake Reviews

July 4, 2019
If a talented filmmaker opening the throttle of his imagination as wide as it can go appeals to you, you should give "Under the Silver Lake" a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2019
[Director David Robert] Mitchell has a gift for arresting and slightly discomfiting imagery, but he either can't, or won't, submit to the editing discipline that would give the film pace and drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2019
That makes this quintessentially Los Angeles tale a frustrating viewing experience, but its open-endedness will help it rally a cult-like following of believers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 19, 2019
Despite all the devilishly clever moments, freaky episodes, and general weirdness, Under the Silver Lake is ultimately unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
April 19, 2019
It doesn't help that the plot is tortuous, and the resolution is an inarguable letdown. And yet! Mitchell's ambitions, observations, and moods make the picture a dippy blast...
April 18, 2019
No matter how shaggy and self-indulgent it is, or how anticlimactic its big so-what of an ending ends up being, I was never bored. More than that, I kind of dug its sheer swing-for-the-fences insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
April 18, 2019
We're still early in David Robert Mitchell's career, but Under the Silver Lake is evidence of a budding major director.
April 18, 2019
Whether you will find anything of lasting meaning is less certain. "Under the Silver Lake" is rarely uninteresting, but it smells a little staler than it should.
April 18, 2019
Under the Silver Lake may be for you a satisfying experience, a sort of high-gloss, nicely crafted daydream with a good score and generous references to LA noir films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2019
It may not be an easy movie to sell to an audience, but it's not an easy one to forget either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2019
Writer-director David Robert Mitchell is too gifted an artist to write off for one slip up, but this L.A. noir starring Andrew Garfield as an amateur sleuth addled by sex, drugs and conspiracy theories goes nowhere, very, very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2019
By attempting to craft a slick mélange of neo-noir, dark slacker comedy and puzzle-driven treasure hunt, Mitchell has produced a film that is so preoccupied with turning itself on that it forgets to focus on the desires or basic needs of its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 17, 2019
There is something refreshing about Mitchell's playful approach to Los Angeles' sordid history of cults and murders, as well as the high and low pop culture and marketing that America's second largest city manufactures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 17, 2019
"Under the Silver Lake" is less a cinematic folly than a category mistake, taking the sterility of its own imaginative conceits for a metaphysical condition.
April 16, 2019
Enabling and mocking paranoid obsession at the same time might sound incoherent. In this hilariously demented spin on L.A. noir, it's simply honest.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 27, 2019
A tub filling up with so much floaty, flamboyant, haunting-or-traumatising film fluff - sloshing every which way - that it's like a bath time to end all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2019
Mitchell - using gorgeously extravagant camera moves and an orgasmically lush score - pays homage to Old Hollywood and is equally indebted to the work of Richard Linklater, David Lynch and the Coen brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2019
Under the Silver Lake has brilliant scenes but it also feels derivative and increasingly self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 12, 2019
Bravo to David Robert Mitchell for having the guts to make this mad mongrel of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2018
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 | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2018
Mitchell has interesting ideas, and his actors seem to be having fun, but that's not enough when the film itself lacks atmosphere, or tension, or emotional engagement.
May 17, 2018
Nothing in the film would work if Andrew Garfield weren't flat-out tremendous...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2018
A tiresomely self-regarding story that not even Garfield's allure can enliven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
May 17, 2018
Mitchell is taking a big swing with his third feature, trying something not just new but also more unconventional, ambitious, and even potentially off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2018
It's fascinating to watch Mitchell grasp for a bigger picture with the wild ambition of his scruffy protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 16, 2018
A vexing muddle of half-formed ideas that lead only up the garden path to frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2018
This film just wades into a murky lake of self-consciousness and sinks inexorably to the bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 16, 2018
It's the kind of raggedy-ass thriller that only happens when a young filmmaker, emboldened by success, throws away discipline, hoping to summon the full, meandering spell of a paranoid nightmare. Don't hold it against him.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 16, 2018
Pretty soon the commentary on how Hollywood uses women as decoration outweighs the fact that Mitchell's just repeating the cycle - albeit with better-than-average outfits.
May 16, 2018
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...
May 16, 2018
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.