Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch (1991)

David Cronenberg and William S. Burroughs: a potent, disgusting combination. This is not actually a film version of the infamous novel, but a fusion of Burroughs' biography and his literary style (like Steven Soderberg's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 27, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eric Melin

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stands on its own apart from the book.

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Chris Sawin

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.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

There are no great scenes, just flat moments of weirdness with lots of schlorping noises.

Cole Smithey

...very nearly accomplishes the book's goal of "extinguishing all rational thought."

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Dan Fienberg

Given that nobody could really have adapted Burroughs' book in any literal manner, what Cronenberg does instead is predictably creepy, warped and dreamy.

Nick Davis
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One of Cronenberg's most difficult but deliriously clever and emotionally insinuating films.

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Graham Jones
Adapting an unadaptable book, Cronenberg works weird Sci-Fi magic with this strange movie experience.
Spencer S.
A surrealist film from the debonair auteur with a flair for the unsettling: David Cronenberg. Adapted from the William S. Burroughs novel and starring the… More
Devon Bott
"It's a literary high. It's a kafka high, you feel like a bug". So says Joan Lee, who has adopted the new and interesting drug habit of… More
Melvin White
Bill Lee: America is not a young land. It is old and dirty, evil. Before the settlers, before the Indians, the evil is there, waiting.  "Exterminate all… More
Matthew Roe
David Cronenberg's film adaptation of William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch is so unwatchable, so shocking, so unnerving I consider it not only a… More