Lost River
Lost River (2015)

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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 5, 2015
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lost River suggests that debuting writer-director Ryan Gosling may have a bright future as a filmmaker, but it doesn't hold together well enough to recommend on its own merit.

Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Everything ... is painfully obvious or patently nonsensical.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Ryan Gosling is a tremendously talented actor, but he should really leave the storytelling to someone else.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Lost River is absolutely not going to be for everybody but that's precisely why it's worth your time. Gosling's first outing is hopefully not going to be his last.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Indulgent and movie-like, Lost River is Gosling's weird, let's-do-this-thing folly. If it is a statement, it is one made by borrowing the vivid styles of the actual filmmakers he seems to admire ...

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

"Lost River" is indeed a mess, but it's the best mess possible, an evocative grab-bag of images and moods with a heartfelt sincerity and conflicting impulses of romantic melancholy and hardscrabble hopefulness.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Writer-director-producer Ryan Gosling creates one of the most unwatchable films in years. "Lost River" is a noir nightmare that desperately tries to channel David Lynch, but fails miserably.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Designed to daze and confuse, and succeeding, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a stunner in visual terms alone.

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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News

At heart, "Lost River" is a midnight movie for those ready to find it and go with the flow.

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Todd Jorgenson

Ryan Gosling's stylish and evocative directorial debut shows some potential even if his script is a muddled and incoherent mess.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
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Gosling creates an ominous atmosphere with a hypnotizing cinematography and a great score, but this incredibly pretentious and self-indulgent salad of… More
Francisco Godinho
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Philip Price
In his feature directorial debut Ryan Gosling shows us first and foremost just how stylish he can be. Very much concerned with the framing and cinematography of… More