Dune
Dune (1984)

David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 16, 1998
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it.

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Time Out

Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.

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Rob Vaux
Mania.com

It's bad - as bad as they come - but also built to last, and as the years roll on, its fascinating qualities continue to grow.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Several of the characters in Dune are psychic, which puts them in the unique position of being able to understand what goes on in the movie.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

An incoherent, strange, plotless, poorly structured mess that has to be seen to really be believed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The desert roaming tribe of mystics/warriors called the Fremen (free men?) longingly await the heavenly arrival of their messiah. In the meantime powerful and… More
xGary Xx
A strategically vital mining planet is the subject of a power struggle between duelling Houses that form part of a planet spanning empire in the far future.… More
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Matthew Roe
This film is a wonderful mess. David Lynch is a great visionary director that supplies a surreal, disgusting and enthralling movie that is one of my favorites… More
paul oh
Ehhhhhh, its a decent sci-fi story. Its no eraserhead though and docent have the grittiness of blue velvet.
Alex roy
Dune is yet another prime example of a film that's much underrated. I strongly believe that the film was a very well done action sci fi film. Of course at… More