The Film: David Lynch attempts to translate his wildly popular TV mystery to the big screen in this prequel that makes little to no concessions to non-aficionados of the original series. Essential viewing for fans of the bleakly humorous and frequently disturbing show, and utterly baffling for everybody else. The Reaction: The boos received by the film at Cannes were symptomatic of a wider critical backlash, with The New York Times leading the way. "Mr. Lynch’s taste for brain-dead grotesque has lost its novelty!" howled one reviewer, while another from the same paper went as far as to say, "it's not the worst movie ever made; it just seems to be." "Morbidly joyless," sneered USA Today, joining in the fun.
Did It Deserve The Hate? Absolutely not. Too many big-screen spin-offs attempt to kowtow to newbies, diluting whatever it was that made the original show great in the first place. Lynch deserves applause for going his own way with this essential companion piece.