Naked Lunch (2003) Director David Cronenberg (The Fly) deserves a heap of credit for even attempting to lens William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel. Ostensibly an examination of addiction…
Movie on DVD Review

Naked Lunch (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2003; DVD Release Date: Nov 11, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Judy Davis and Peter Weller; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Director David Cronenberg (The Fly) deserves a heap of credit for even attempting to lens William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel. Ostensibly an examination of addiction and the creative process, Lunch is a profane, mind-bending, Homer -- by -- way -- of -- de Sade epic. The author's cooperation went a long way toward making Cronenberg's streamlined retelling more linear, if not always lucid. Their shared affinity for droll horror is wrought in a burnished noir, its eye-popping colors suggesting a graphic novel come to life. EXTRAS For those who lack the patience to sit through Cronenberg and Weller's exhaustive commentary, the featurette ''Naked Making Lunch'' is a sort of CliffsNotes for the gnarly narrative.

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints