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Velvet Goldmine Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 23, 2012
Haynes' chronicle of the glam era is visually rich but too dramatically fragmented and overwhelmed by music to permit involvement in the tale's characters or the director's POV.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 7, 2012
The style is devilishly flamboyant and gleefully indulgent; every shot is full of amazing stuff. The edits dance and twist. It's a glam movie about a glam subject.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
Velvet Goldmine gives the rock movie a makeover.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 28, 2006
While some gay men's fantasies center around muscled jocks, cops or cowboys, Todd Haynes' would seem to be of a slightly more arcane bent.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
February 28, 2005
the ending happens at least half an hour later than it should
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2004
Repeat viewings will allow one to piece together the fragmented montage as a melancholic ode to freedom, and those who fight for it through art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
September 5, 2003
A bizarre thing, this trippy movie takes you on a whirlwind tour of Brit glam rock and doesn't let go. Graphic and unforgiving, but good.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2003
Clever, often fascinating look at the world of glam rock.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
April 2, 2003
Working slightly against it, it's got an elliptical approach that's initially emotionally disorienting, a plot structure that's been a bit too audaciously borrowed from Citizen Kane, of all things, and a rather vacant performance at [its]center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 2, 2003
Ewan really needs more lessons before he attempts an American accent again.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Not a superficial music video but a smart and compassionate dissection of superficiality, and of the alternating joys and disillusionments experienced by its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 13, 2002
The greatest achievement by any filmmaker in 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online
July 9, 2001
Reminisce, if you can, over genderless fashions, boys in makeup and girls in even more makeup. And don't forget those platform shoes, drugs, and glitter, glitter everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This fictionalized story is a thin disguise for David Bowie's bio, and it is a rip-off of the Citizen Kane way of telling a fictionalized biography.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
A strange but ceaselessly fascinating barrage of music and imagery with nothing in the center to hold it all together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jake Euker
March 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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