05/20/2014 11:24 am ET | Updated May 21, 2014

Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Polarizes Critics After Cannes Debut

One of the most anticipated movies of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is "Lost River," Ryan Gosling's directorial debut that temporarily took him out of the acting game.

"Lost River" (a fantasy thriller starring Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith and Saoirse Ronan) premiered on Tuesday morning, May 20, which means the first capsule reviews are flooding in via Twitter. The reactions are quite mixed: Most critics seem to have left the packed premiere with a bad taste in their mouths, but, depending whom you trust, it's either an inspired work of art from a new auteur or a pretentious ripoff of David Lynch and Gosling's frequent collaborator, Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Only God Forgives").

Watch the first teaser for "Lost River" here.


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