Dune (1984)

David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1998
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

As you would expect from visionary director David Lynch, it is a movie of often staggering visual power, the most ambitious science fiction film since "2001"; it's also stupefyingly dull and disorderly.

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Variety Staff

Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

There's some pleasure to be had from its misguided spectacle...but only if you embrace the mystery rather than try to define it, which is true, really, of all of Lynch's work. Surrealism isn't meant to be sorcerered into making sense.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it.

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Time Out

Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.

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Rob Vaux

It's bad - as bad as they come - but also built to last, and as the years roll on, its fascinating qualities continue to grow.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The desert roaming tribe of mystics/warriors called the Fremen (free men?) longingly await the heavenly arrival of their messiah. In the meantime powerful and… More
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A strategically vital mining planet is the subject of a power struggle between duelling Houses that form part of a planet spanning empire in the far future.… More
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Matthew Roe
This film is a wonderful mess. David Lynch is a great visionary director that supplies a surreal, disgusting and enthralling movie that is one of my favorites… More
paul oh
Ehhhhhh, its a decent sci-fi story. Its no eraserhead though and docent have the grittiness of blue velvet.
Alex roy
Dune is yet another prime example of a film that's much underrated. I strongly believe that the film was a very well done action sci fi film. Of course at… More