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The Lighthouse

United States
Drama. Fantasy. Horror | 19th Century. Psychological Drama
As the wavering cry of the foghorn fills the air, the taciturn former lumberjack, Ephraim Winslow, and the grizzled lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake, set foot in a secluded and perpetually grey islet off the coast of late-19th-century New England. For the following four weeks of back-breaking work and unfavourable conditions, the tight-lipped men will have no one else for company except for each other, forced to endure irritating ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
"Eggers confirms his instant reputation as a master of the New England Gothic with this claustrophobic second feature (...) [He] has crafted another distinctive hallucinatory tale"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"A gripping and turbulent drama that draws on a number of influences, though it merges them into its own fluky gothic historical ominoso art-thriller thing."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Even if this head trip is stronger in atmospherics then it is in substance or tying up loose ends, the film’s primal performances carry it to glory (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Sara Stewart
New York Post
"Funny, sinister, haunting, historically fascinating and mythical, "The Lighthouse" is one of the best films of the year."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"Conjures the ghosts of Herman Melville and Andrei Tarkovsky, with ample doses of Stanley Kubrick and Bela Tarr for good measure. It’s a stunning showcase for Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Thomas Floyd
The Washington Post
"In a cinematic age defined by the sequel, remake and reboot, this filmmaker's idiosyncratic vision represents a beacon of light shining through the mist.(...) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ben Kenigsberg
"Visually, the movie is continually striking (...) This is a wonderful movie simply to listen to (...) The actors are both superb"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Serena Fisher
Bloody Disgusting
"This is certainly a film that will stick around in people’s heads for a long, long time (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Rory O'Connor
The Film Stage
"A ghost story drenched in gritty, saltwater-flecked period accuracy, and anchored in cautionary maritime fables (...) Needless to say, it rules."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Alex Billington
First Showing
"An extraordinary work of cinema. Every single shot is masterful. The score is exquisite. There are frames from this that will be studied for decades. It's visceral, intense, hilarious, terrifying, engrossing  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"[It] lands with a crash. It’s cinema to make your head and soul ring (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous.(…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Lee Marshall
"A starkly-compelling Expressionist drama (...) As in 'The Witch', realism and attention to period detail build authority in a world made of rock, iron, wood, glass and little else."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Nicholas Barber
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
"It could all be too bizarre and alienating to bear if it weren’t for one crucial factor: 'The Lighthouse' is funny. Eggers balances its nightmarish grimness with humour (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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