Overall Rank: 6170
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 70
Theatrical Release Date: 12/01/1991
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Cronenberg
Actors: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Julian Sands, Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure
Plot: David Cronenberg's attempt to film the unfilmable Naked Lunch is a tour throught Willam S. Burroughs world filled with paranoia, mugwumps and transforming typewriters.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/19/2019
David Cronenberg takes an off the wall artistic license and the result is this bizarre, but questionable allegory of drug addiction.
Snoogans - wrote on 05/06/2012
A film not just based on the novel of the same name, but also contains autobiographical moments from the author's life. It's many bizarre images melted together with the main character's confused writing process do offer some strange and paranoid scenes. The whole movie has a slightly noir feel to it. A more difficult Cronenberg film to fathom, but that's what makes it appealing. It's constantly confusing nature makes it harder to get into on first viewing.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/15/2012
This is, admittedly, a very strange movie. If you can overlook some of the grotesqueness, it is actually an intriguing and symbolic neo-noir film that explores themes of paranoia and mortality. If you can believe it, this is one of the more accessible Cronenberg films.
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Looneymanthegreat - wrote on 03/28/2013
David Cronenberg has a strange affinity for books that are said to be “unfilmable.” Between this and his recent Cosmopolis, it seems unlikely that he has directed two book adaptations of this kind by accident.
Naked Lunch is a very interesting book, and I would definitely recommend to anyone seeing this movie to read the book first. Weather you read the book or the movie first is typically not a big deal. In fact I often get ticked by people who complain about how a movie is bad just because it’s not exactly like the book. Yet Naked Lunch is an exception I must make; trust me on this one.
The reason that you should read the book before seeing the movie? Simply put Naked Lunch isn’t really an adaptation of the book. It’s more a look a strange art-house look at the …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/16/2012
Not one of the best from the director in this critics opinion, it was however fresh with regard to its premise and horrific in certain scenes. William Lee (Peter Weller) is an exterminator who was tasked to perform a mission by a controller (a giant bug). The bugs were realistic and gore were spot on, coming from the directors reputation of creating realistic fiction. Weak-points were the uninteresting lead, lack of exciting supporting cast, ineffective soundtrack and clarity with the purpose of the missions. Even the pace was albeit sluggish. Had some funny and dramatic moments, but overall felt average compared to Cronenberg's many masterpieces. Naked Lunch is about writers/writing, finding an adventure and removing rational thoughts.
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