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Blue Velvet Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It made me feel pity for the actors who worked in it and anger at the director for taking liberties with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
March 16, 2004
Blue Velvet is a beautiful treatment of ugly material. Unfortunately, it is just ugly enough to fascinate a lot of people, particularly weak men who have been made to feel subjugated and insecure by women.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 8, 2002
Weird for weird's sake isn't enough; there has to be something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't progress or deepen, it just gets weirder, and to no good end.
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
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.
Glenn Dunks
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
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James Berardinelli
December 23, 2002
Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope and power that rivals any of the most subversive films to reach the screens during the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Rob Gonsalves
April 20, 2016
Has lost very little of its juice or shock in three decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
September 10, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
May 11, 2009
In 1986 David Lynch broke the language of cinema wide open in the same way that Jackson Pollock did with the art world in the early '40s.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 27, 2003
Lynch's fourth feature film still stands as a bona fide masterpiece, one of the few such films that actually was appreciated in its time and has perfectly weathered the 17 years since.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
May 28, 2008
The modest proportions of the film are just right for the writer-director's desire to investigate the inexplicable demons that drive people to deviate from expected norms of behavior and thought.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
December 2, 2016
Every viewing yields new insights. A berserko modern classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable, the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination virtually unequalled in recent cinema.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
An unsettling film that depicts the moral rot underlying the American Dream through arresting cinematic images that are at once realistic and surreal.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 31, 2002
...evil lurks in the most seemingly harmless places.
| Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
I loved the film for its intransigencies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dan Jardine
June 16, 2006
a beautiful film about sickness, a funny film about degeneracy
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