Naked Lunch
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This cinematic/literary hybrid fuses motifs from Beat writer William S. Burroughs's novel of the same name with elements of the author's biography and plenty of the cerebral alienation and biomorphic special effects fans of creepy cult director David Cronenberg have come to expect. Bill Lee (Peter Weller) wants to write, but he exterminates bugs to pay the bills. His wife, Joan (Judy Davis), becomes addicted to Bill's bug powder dust, and soon he joins her in a world of unorthodox hallucinogens; he visits the kindly yet sinister Dr. Benway (Roy Scheider) and walks away with his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A challenge if you're expecting a forward-moving plot but there's also more than enough pitch-black humor and straight-faced madness to lighten the mood, especially since Burroughs' strange lingo and vicious knack for language are intact."
‑ Eric Melin,
"a respectful fugue on Burroughs' life and art ... It can be forgiven its acolyte's soul, for it is willing confront Burroughs' signature themes of addiction and control, and to meld them into ... an evocation of the master."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Stands on its own apart from the book."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cronenberg's overly-ambitious attempt at filming the unfilmable."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"A twisted, brilliant masterpiece. One of Cronenberg's best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"If you've yet to purchase this incredible mind-trip involving bug powder, Brazilian centipedes, typewriters turning into giant insects, and bumping into Mugwumps in bars then the Blu-ray release is well worth your hard earned money."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"This is the only film in which a typewriter beetle kills another typewriter beetle for being a secret agent. I mention it only because of the relevance of the written word, and typewriters %u2013 portable ones in this case %u2013 are the medium of the mes"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"There are no great scenes, just flat moments of weirdness with lots of schlorping noises."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"At root the most personal mission statement of a vital cinematic voice."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"While certainly original, its hallucinatory terrain is basically weird for the sake of weird... and ultimately buckles under its own pretense."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Given that nobody could really have adapted Burroughs' book in any literal manner, what Cronenberg does instead is predictably creepy, warped and dreamy."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Cronenberg is the right man for a very, very odd job."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Cronenberg's masterpiece and perhaps the best film ever made about writing"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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