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Blue Velvet Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 10, 2007
There's not a single false note in David Lynch's notorious masterpiece, Blue Velvet, an unnerving meditation on innocence and depravity.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Kinkiness is its salient quality, but Blue Velvet has deadpan humor too, as well as a straight-arrow side that makes its eccentricity all the crazier. There's no mistaking the exhilarating fact that it's one of a kind.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 5, 2002
[A] finely wrought tale of erotic horror and secret evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Not quite like any other thriller or erotic mystery you've ever seen.
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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
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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.