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Dune

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United States, Canada
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2020

Rated PG-13 ·

Director Denis Villeneuve
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgård, Oscar Isaac
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
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Based on Frank Herbert's legendary sci-fi novel by the same name, this is the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young man charged with traveling to a hostile planet to obtain a precious resource that can save his people. The quest is rife with danger, but no obstacle is greater than fear.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Ricardo Rico Profile picture for Ricardo Rico

Dune is massive in scope and visual ambition. It does what any solid blockbuster should do, let you escape and immerse yourself in an exciting and new world. Director Denis Villeneuve adds his distinct and calculated artistic touch, and makes Dune worth watching even if it is only half of the story.

Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

An impressive adaptation considering both the scale of the film and the detail and heft of the novel. The dream/prophetic sequences were especially well-done. The patient set-up of this movie should prove even more rewarding when the second part comes out.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Empire by Ben Travis

An absorbing, awe-inspiringly huge adaptation of (half of) Frank Herbert’s novel that will wow existing acolytes, and get newcomers hooked on its Spice-fuelled visions. If Part Two never happens, it’ll be a travesty.
63

USA Today by Brian Truitt

The sci-fi epic Dune boasts a few films’ worth of giant sandworms, amazing spaceships, cosmic armies and galactic political drama, though it essentially is only half a movie.
42

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

In the end, Denis Villeneuve was all too right: Your television isn’t big enough for the scope of his Dune, but that’s only because this lifeless spice opera is told on such a comically massive scale that a screen of any size would struggle to contain it.
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RogerEbert.com by Glenn Kenny

I’ll always love Lynch’s “Dune,” a severely compromised dream-work that (not surprising given Lynch’s own inclination) had little use for Herbert’s messaging. But Villeneuve’s movie IS “Dune.”
75

Entertainment Weekly by Leah Greenblatt

The sheer awesomeness of Villeneuve's execution — there might not be another film this year, or ever, that turns one character asking another for a glass of water into a kind of walloping psychedelic performance art — often obscures the fact that the plot is mostly prologue: a sprawling origin story with no fixed beginning or end.
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Slashfilm by Marshall Shaffer

Audiences deserve to see the conclusion of an action film so immaculately crafted and patiently paced, one that's more focused on inspiring reverent amazement through the simplicity of durable storytelling structures rather than the complexity of cinematic universe building.
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The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

Those who find Villeneuve to be a self-serious, humorless, and pretentious bore likely won’t be changing their minds anytime soon after “Dune,” but that just might be their loss. Whether Warner Bros. accepts the call to make a sequel in a climate of dismal box-office returns remains to be seen. But that’s not our concern at the moment; Dune is undeniably impressive, spellbinding, and evocatively immense, regardless.
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IGN by Scott Collura

Dune is a gorgeous but imperfect epic, a technical wonder that spends too much time setting up a third act that never comes.
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The Guardian by Xan Brooks

Denis Villenueve’s slow-burn space opera fuses the arthouse and the multiplex to create an epic of otherworldly brilliance.

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