The Lighthouse

critic Reviews

92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score92%
  • A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    Like many others, I am fascinated by lighthouses and their construction, especially those equipped with large Fresnel lenses which are things of beauty. This movie kind of spoiled all that for me. It is a boring and unpleasant movie to sit through.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    By the time we come to the end of this 110-minute journey, like the film's protagonists, the audience feels like it has ascended from some sort of cinema hell.
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    Drew DietschGenreVision
    One of the year's best films. Surreal, powerfully acted, and proves that Robert Eggers is one of the premiere arthouse horror directors working today.
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    Iván BelmontKonexión
    The Lighthouse is a fascinating work... a risky and unconventional project. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Eggers assembles a legitimate, weirdly fascinating pitch-dark horror picture that spirals beyond human comprehension.
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    Richard BonaduceKTSU-TV (Salt Lake City, UT)
    As much as "The Lighthouse" gets cinematically right, there's at least one thing that it gets wrong: it certainly isn't accessible.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    A black-and-white mood piece in which two men frequently talk while sitting at the dinner table. That might make this sound like My Dinner with Andre, except that art-house hit inexplicably didn't make room for a mermaid in its tale.
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    David KeyesCinemaphile.org
    A total exercise in style, brought to glorious excess by showy performances and visual gimmicks right out of an ambitious nightmare.
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    Jeff OwensEnid Buzz
    The Lighthouse is a movie you can either dissect to find meaning or bathe in the atmosphere. I can't say you'll enjoy it, but you should appreciate it.
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    Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    You go into "The Lighthouse" not knowing what to expect, with (director Robert) Eggers heightening that feeling by playing off your anticipation of what you think lies ahead.
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