Eraserhead
Eraserhead (1977)

This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 7, 2005
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91%
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User Score
83%



Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.

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Tom Buckley
New York Times

A murkily pretentious shocker.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

David Lynch never explains because he doesn't need to, his is the faith of the irrational, disconcertingly childlike in its illusionism.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.

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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.

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Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

David Lynch's Eraserhead must stand as a pinnacle of screen surrealism to rival Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
I just don't get it!
Sophie Burgess
Really not my type of film. I just found it annoying and boring. I'm sure a lot of stuff happens in the subtext and stuff but I just wasn't… More
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Graham Jones
Horror in white noise. The "In Heaven" scene is great.
Daniel Perry
Full marks for originality - it's a truly new way of telling a pretty basic and "been done" story (surprise pregnancy that leads to family… More
Tyler Kirk
A bizarre surrealist film by one of my favorite directors, David Lynch, is what Eraserhead is. My take on this film the first time I saw it was that it was… More

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