In front of the camera, Ryan Gosling been mostly MIA lately, save for last year’s bizarre yet disappointing Only God Forgives. The reason: Baby Goose, as some Internet types like to call him, has been diligently powering through his directorial debut, Lost River (originally titled How to Catch a Monster). Other than its direct David Lynch (of whom Gosling’s a big fan) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Gosling’s Drive and Only God Forgives director, and close friend) influences, little has been known about Lost River, but now that the film has officially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the reactions are pouring in all over Twitter, and they’re…well, all over the place.

Unsurprisingly so, mind you. In addition to those aforementioned, surrealistically-minded influences, Lost River’s plot (carried out by a strong cast including Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith) has been promising cinematic weirdness since it first appeared online. Here’s the official synopsis, via the Cannes website: Lost River weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.


Expect a surplus of deep-diving reviews and reactions to flow out of Cannes this week; for now, though, Criticwire’s tireless editor Sam Adams, like he’s done for many of Cannes’ other notable premieres, has compiled critics’ immediate Twitter reactions to Lost River—most of which, sadly for Gosling, aren’t too flattering. Here are some the best ones:

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