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Blue Velvet Reviews

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
June 29, 2016
You can't laugh this movie off. It won't let you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ray Pride
Newcity
June 6, 2016
Gestures: ears; hands; bared necks; eyes, held still and fearful. Just within his grasp. Not clutching, not crushing, not brushing, not bruising. Just imminent.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 20, 2016
Has lost very little of its juice or shock in three decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 22, 2016
Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
March 15, 2015
The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch's humor keeps breaking through, too.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2014
Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
November 14, 2014
[A] powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience`s attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 14, 2014
Lush and peculiar Blue Velvet, the latest film from the mind that spawned Eraserhead, is an unnerving combination of the wholesome and the unholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 14, 2014
Destined to become a cult classic, Blue Velvet presents what is probably the most original cinematic vision to come along this year. Undoubtedly, it will be too strong for many tastes.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 14, 2014
Lynch and his film will surely be reviled, but as an experiment in expanding cinema's dramatic and technical vocabulary, Blue Velvet demands respect.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
November 14, 2014
Whether you are attracted or repelled by Lynch's bizarre vision, one thing is for sure: You've never seen anything like it in your life.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 14, 2014
Blue Velvet is a film for the aficionado. Pity the viewer who wanders into the movie unprepared.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
November 14, 2014
Once experienced here, listening to Roy Orbison's In Dreams will never be the same again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
November 14, 2014
The film casts its spell in countless odd ways, in the archetype-leaning imagery, eccentric tableau styling, and moth-in-candle-flame attraction to the subconscious twilight.

Film4
November 14, 2014
Lynch's seminal, voyeuristic masterpiece is as scary as comedies get and as funny as realistically horrific psychodramas can be.

TV Guide
November 14, 2014
Depending on your point of view, either dark-sidedly brilliant or garbage heaped on top of whipped cream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
November 14, 2014
Blue Velvet is a throughly unpredictable, frequently disturbing and sometimes jaw-droppingly funny film. There isn't anything else quite like it, and it's pretty wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
August 4, 2014
To watch [Lynch's] 1986 neo-noir masterpiece Blue Velvet is to be plunged headfirst into the mind of an extraordinary filmmaker ... who made one of the finest dissections of the American mythos yet seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
A perfect marriage of classically composed storytelling and disturbing surrealism. But perhaps more importantly, its influence in storytelling still resonates to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
One which David Lynch fans will want to watch over and over in HD, and which non-fans ought to see at least once.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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