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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Naked Lunch will undoubtedly bring pleasure, much of it perverse, to [David Cronenberg]'s many fans - and, simultaneously, confound and repulse a huge chunk of filmgoers. [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Naked Lunch is so well-acted and so amusingly warped that it's a shoo-in to become a cult movie. [30 Dec 1991] show more

  • 100
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Though much of Naked Lunch is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone - Cronenberg's unshakable sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety. [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    A treat for Cronenberg fans, though this could hardly be called a gripping, or emotionally involving, story; you're more likely to need a can of bug spray than a hanky. show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Paradoxically cerebral and primal, reasonable and anti-rational, life- affirming and nihilistic, Naked Lunch is a sensual and intellectual feast. It will not be a meal to everyone's taste, but in its bizarre class, there is nothing classier. [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    While I admired it in an abstract way, I felt repelled by the material on a visceral level. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Cronenberg hasn't so much filmed Naked Lunch as tamed it, turned it into entertainment, with oozy rubber bugs, big and little, that look left over from David Lynch's movie of "Dune," or the intergalactic dive from "Star Wars." [10 Jan 1992] show more

  • 60

    Cronenberg's attempt to meld his style with an established writer didnít exactly pan out. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Ultimately, Naked Lunch is more about the act of writing, while the original is concerned with the phenomenon of addiction. Each does what it does well… but differently. show more

  • 90

    Stretching himself with each new work, David Cronenberg has come up with a fascinating, demanding, mordantly funny picture. show more

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