The Lighthouse Reviews

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December 11, 2019
The Lighthouse can be enjoyed on dual levels - as a thickly atmospheric exercise in psychological terror, or as a compendium of seafaring legends, jokes and clichés.
October 25, 2019
The actors play it big and bold in a visually striking, black and white horror show.
October 25, 2019
The visceral, disgusting, and irrefutably maddening theatrics of The Lighthouse are entrancing enough to have viewers happily giving themselves over to a beckoning siren by film's end.
October 25, 2019
The Lighthouse works because of the strength of the actors' performances, the power of their interaction, and the aura of incipient dread that saturates everything.
October 25, 2019
It's rough going, but it's beautifully filmed and framed in black and white, and Dafoe is wild and wildly entertaining in a role that feels written to match his every aspect.
October 25, 2019
Pattinson is superb but it's Dafoe who emerges as a giant with a towering, unforgettable performance.
October 24, 2019
What is the opposite of a crowd-pleaser? A crowd-splitter, maybe? Whatever you call it, "The Lighthouse" is one.
October 24, 2019
"The Lighthouse" feels terrifying due to its remoteness and distance from the present.
October 23, 2019
"The Lighthouse" may be a little too in love with its own virtuosity, but who can blame it? At a time when American movies are overrun with shopworn visions, its madness is a balm and a beacon.
October 21, 2019
These are actors who take chances. They are taking chances together [in The Lighthouse], and it is thrilling to watch.
October 19, 2019
The Lighthouse is such an effective exercise in projecting claustrophobia, in both a physical and psychological sense, that it'd be unbearable to watch if it weren't so funny.
October 18, 2019
It's funny, high-spirited, and giddily loopy, a descent into madness told with the energy of a sea shanty.
October 18, 2019
Dafoe and Pattinson have the stage pretty much to themselves, and the result is a beguiling crunch of styles.
October 18, 2019
The Lighthouse is, among many other things, very funny in its pitch-dark fashion, and atmospheric in a way that's rarely seen, or felt, on the screen.
October 18, 2019
Pattinson and Dafoe dig into their roles... [and] Together with Eggers they deliver a masterful study of souls trapped on a rock alone, but also trapped together, with all the twisty complexities involved.
Top Critic
October 17, 2019
Has abject misery ever been such fun to watch? Has soul-sick dread ever looked so gorgeous?
October 17, 2019
A black-and-white fever dream of a film that keels between sea shanty and psychodrama, with heavy doses of the absurd.
October 17, 2019
At its finest, and creepiest, "The Lighthouse" courts comparison (at least in ambition) to F.W. Murnau's fantasies of temptation, desire and striking imagery.
October 16, 2019
Eggers meticulously sets the scene, adds texture and builds tension and mystery from men locked in battle and sometimes in embrace.
October 16, 2019
"The Lighthouse" is a triumph of mood and vision, like the love child of Andrei Tarkovsky and David Lynch that knows that its actors are just a small piece of the overall composition.
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