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752 Ratings

Under the Silver Lake

Directed by David Robert Mitchell
United States, 2018
Thriller, Mystery, Comedy


When aimless slacker Sam wakes up one morning to find his beautiful neighbour Sarah has vanished without a trace, he embarks on a quest across the city to find her. A delirious neo-noir mystery about the murkiest depths of scandal and conspiracy in the Hollywood Hills.

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Under the Silver Lake Directed by David Robert Mitchell
It’s the stuff of inebriated daydreams rather than outright nightmares. It’s as much a midday trip as it is a midnight one: as I emerged from the inappropriately tuxedoed premiere for this rumpled, T-shirted detective odyssey, the film’s hazy, zonked afterglow was in a separate dimension from the crisp, inky atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur after dark.
March 15, 2019
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The film’s myriad bizarre elements are mildly satisfying in isolation, but add up to a messy and bloated whole, which leaves most of its plot-strands under-developed and unresolved. . . . After the massive success of It Follows, Mitchell was evidently granted near-total creative freedom for his new project, but as this bloated mess shows, freedom can sometimes be a very bad thing.
June 27, 2018
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Oddly shaped, oddly profound, and full of fascinating (or, equally, frustrating) flaws, Mitchell’s idiosyncratic shaggy-dog story is destined to become a warts-and-all cult favourite.
May 21, 2018
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