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: April 10, 2015
DVD 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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Peter Labuza
The Film Stage

Lost River is little more than "cool shots, bro."

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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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Brian Tallerico

"Lost River" is one of those weird films that I think some people will absolutely adore, grabbing on to its performances, imagery, and ideas, without really caring that they haven't been stitched together in an interesting enough way.

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Jason Bailey

While 'Lost River' might not be a model of narrative efficiency, it's got more striking moments and memorable images than a season of studio product.

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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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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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Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)

Either you will hate it for being pretentiously artsy or love it as a mesmerising mess.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Gosling creates an ominous atmosphere with a hypnotizing cinematography and a great score, but this incredibly pretentious and self-indulgent salad of… More
Anthony Valletta
A shot and a miss as Ryan Gosling attempts to create a cult classic. The problem is the villains never seem villainous enough so when the final confrontation… More
Walter M.
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Francisco Godinho
Despite good looks inspired by Lynch and Refn, Lost River just doesn't have a firm grip and is overly indulgent with its ridiculous dialogues and lousy… More
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