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Ryan Gosling tries his hand at writing and directing with this fantasy thriller starring Christina Hendricks as a mother struggling to protect her kids in a dreamlike city. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an oneiric hymn to destruction, an Armageddon anthem - a movie to see, if at all, under the influence."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A visual and aural sensory bath that shows some real flair but feels madly derivative at every moment."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"A gruesome fairy tale of evil banks and sunken dreams, Lost River is a fantastically awful misfire from actor turned writer/director Ryan Gosling."
‑ Fiona Williams, sbs.com.au
"The film is ultimately kind of juvenile and dumb, and there are more moments where you'll roll your eyes rather than inwardly applauding."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"It's the work of a surprisingly confident and experimental young filmmaker, even if he's not yet confident enough to move beyond his influences."
‑ Nicholas Barber, BBC.com
"Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and, despite some dull patches, pretty much succeeded."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, Film.com
"Ryan Gosling makes an altogether inauspicious debut with this risible slab of Detroit gothic."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Any five minutes of the film would be well-suited to a cool music video, with only the last fifteen minutes or so threatening to become genuinely, giddily unhinged."
‑ William Goss, Film School Rejects
"To say that Ryan Gosling's directorial debut feels more like a practice run than a true first feature sounds like condemnation, but the result of his experimentation is a striking and often mesmerising muddle."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"An over-cooked affair that lacks much needed wit and humour to go alongside its self-aware art intentions."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"A chimeric stroke job that leaves you utterly unfulfilled."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"It's fitting that in the credits [Gosling] thanks Guillermo del Toro, though perhaps he really should thank David Lynch."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"These days models turn designer, footballers become managers - and actors direct. Why not? Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, is why not."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"For Gosling, Lost River has treacherous waters indeed."
‑ Jo-Anne Titmarsh, HeyUGuys
"For "River" read "Opportunity" or "Any Sense Of Proportion Or Humility" or maybe just "Mind"."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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