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Critics slam Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' in Cannes

6/17/2014 JAKE COYLE , AP Film Writer
Critics slam Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' in Cannes © The Associated Press Critics slam Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' in Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) -- Ryan Gosling has debuted as a film director at Cannes with a stylish, theatrical fable that critics quickly slammed.

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The first screening of Gosling's "Lost River" played for one of the festival's most packed crowds Tuesday, who surely got something they weren't expecting. "Lost River" is a baroque fairy tale set in the ruins of Detroit, filmed with bold cinematography and a lurid, David Lynch-like atmosphere.

Immediate reaction from critics was largely negative. Variety's Scott Foundas called it a "first-rate folie de grandeur." The Telegraph's Robbie Collin dubbed it "dumb-foundingly poor."

Warner Bros. has not yet scheduled a release date for "Lost River," which was previously titled "How to Catch a Monster."

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