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 6, 2005
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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 Ackroyd
The Spectator

It is the vision of the paranoid transposed upon the screen; the fact that it remains extremely interesting ought, I suppose, to be worrying. But perhaps our eyes have become so desensitised that nothing, any more, will widen the iris.

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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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Peter Bradshaw

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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Variety Staff

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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Fernando F. Croce

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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
Oh, what an atmosphere!
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
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.