The Lighthouse

critic Reviews

90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score90%
  • A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    American writer-director Robert Eggers excels at transporting you into the past and putting you under the skin of those you meet there. Persuading you to be glad that you came is another matter.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    The Lighthouse is a pressure-cooker.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The longer the film goes on, the weirder it gets and the more it resembles a sitcom - The Odd Couple in sou'westers, a droll symphony of bodily functions, bubbling friction and all manner of desires that dare not speak their name.
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    Elena LazicLittle White Lies
    Eggers masters the dangerous mix of horror and comedy.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    The actors play it big and bold in a visually striking, black and white horror show.
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    Cody CorrallChicago Reader
    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.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It is a tense, concise and visually atmospheric film that manages to surprise me with the story of the two confined lighthouse keepers. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    It's a bleak, esoteric and mind-bending trip to the edges of insanity, wrapped in a sobering study of the effects of isolation.
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    Brent McKnightThe Last Thing I See
    "The Lighthouse" begs for an immediate rewatch to unravel, unpack, and decipher, and it's certainly the kind of film that benefits from multiple viewings. Whether it all coheres or not is a topic I'm sure will be debated, but it's a spectacle to behold.
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    Dan TaborPhawker
    The Lighthouse is a dense piece of cinema that's hard to pin down with a simple four paragraph review, and is only complicated by the film's overlapping tone colors and pitch-black, meme worthy humor.
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