Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)


The Return
Twin Peaks

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Surreal, suspenseful, and visually stunning, this new Twin Peaks is an auteurist triumph for David Lynch.



Critic Ratings: 95


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New mysteries unfold 25 years after the shocking death of homecoming queen Laura Palmer in a quaint northwestern town.


Kyle MacLachlan
as Dale Cooper
Sheryl Lee
as Carrie Page
Michael Horse
as Deputy Chief Tommy "Hawk" Hill
Chrysta Bell
as FBI Agent Tammy Preston
Miguel Ferrer
as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
David Lynch
as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole
Robert Forster
as Sheriff Frank Truman
Kimmy Robertson
as Lucy Brennan
Naomi Watts
as Janey-E Jones
Laura Dern
as Diane Evans
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Critic Reviews for Twin Peaks The Return

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (40)

The return of Twin Peaks would bewilder anyone unfamiliar with the show. But the visuals were still arresting.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks defies ultimate analysis, and ultimate judgment. That's its secret and mystique, and why it's back after 25 years, as a reminder that TV -- like art -- doesn't have to be reduced to nuts and bolts, or to specific meaning either.

May 22, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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For fans who have loved the show's surreal, subversive spirit, Lynch has supercharged every element that made the original series a TV classic.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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What a good show this is. Who cares who killed who?

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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We have returned to Twin Peaks at last, and it is a weirder place than ever.

May 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Beyond the cast, the show was beautifully shot by Peter Deming, and Angelo Badalamenti's score is as iconic as ever. The pieces of this puzzle inspire rapture. But when you try to assemble them, what kind of picture do you create?

May 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Twin Peaks is a peculiar kind of game, one almost intended for online channels-a game that we play in order to figure out its rules.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

If the series continues like this, it is likely to be remembered as another memorable piece of Lynch's filmography, at the level of his most popular films. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

An anxiety consumes you as you watch The Return, a wildness of connections-like some radio telescope scanning the universe for signals.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…

More intellectually and emotionally stimulating than anything I've seen in a long time.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Twin Peaks: The Return was ghastly, comic, romantic, mysterious, and unlike anything ever to come before it. It was some damn fine coffee.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is not the story of a sleepy Northwestern town full of quirky characters. This is the unfiltered product of Lynch's TM practice, a direct line into the subconscious mind of one of America's great film directors.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks: The Return

  • Jan 14, 2020
    An absolute masterpiece of a Season. I'm in disbelief that the Audience Score for Season 3, is only in the 80% range. It should be in the late 90% - 100% range... This was 1 of the most brilliant pieces of Cinema I've ever watched.. I think the problem with Audiences these days, is if they don't understand everything they watch, they label it as weird, stupid, or irrational... They want all of the answers spoon-fed to them... I on the other hand, appreciate a good mystery. I like to watch things over & over again if I didn't understand things the 1st time around. I like to brain-storm, and try & connect the dots. And, Twin Peaks Season 3, has had me obsessed, ever since I viewed it in 2017... I've been trying to fit the puzzle pieces together since then. And I love every moment of it. The most brilliant Series I've ever watched, hands down. Hats off to David Lynch, Mark Frost, and the rest of the Cast & Crew involved with Twin Peaks.
  • Jan 13, 2020
    Better than the original.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Twin Peaks: The Retun is Overrated David lynch seems to have forgotten the things that made Season 1 and 2 enjoyable and decided to be weird for weird's sake.
  • Nov 12, 2019
    As a huge fan of the original Twin Peaks, I waited for this season with excitement and impatience. Unfortunately, the excitement abated, but the impatience did not. This was weird for weird's sake, incoherent babbling and at times just plain cringe inducing. I loved the strange elements of the original, how nothing had to make sense but was still engrossing. This was a slog to get through, I can't help but think it would have been better to just leave Twin Peaks in the 90s, shrouded in mystery and nostalgia.
  • Oct 15, 2019
    Let me start by declaring that I like David Lynch's work. His films and his art. I like that it's different. I like that each film, and each piece are different from one another. That is something, artistically, that is very difficult to do. And so too, I loved Twin Peaks in the 90s because it was very, very different. Move forward a quarter century, and WTF happened?! Here's the unfortunate thing with David Lynch, his work, and many of his more devout fans—there is no delineation. No separation. Which is why something so horrifically off-brand as Twin Peaks the Return is still highly regarded by the Cult of David Lynch. Ask a discerning Lynch fan what their favorite Lynch project is, and they'll tell you it's Eraserhead, or Lost Highway, Twin Peaks, or even that concert video he did for Duran Duran. Now ask an acolyte what their favorite is; sit back; and wait to die of old age from a long-winded, pseudo-erudite, film school dropout explanation; that could have easily been summed up more succinctly by saying, "I like them all." And therein lies the reason TPtR is so venerated by the is literally a mixture of EVERYTHING David Lynch. I honestly think—because that's how the series feels and presents itself—that the third season of Twin Peaks is David Lynch giving one last go at everything he didn't get a chance to explore and expand on in his career. It is literally like taking production notes on Lost Highway 2; Son of Eraserhead; Blue Velvet, the Sequel; several mixed-medium fine art pieces; mixing them up in a teapot-shaped vat, and pouring it all over the unexpected people of Twin Peaks. Or it would be, if we the viewers, spent more than 5% of the entire season in any proximity to Twin Peaks and its iconic characters. And there is the true issue with the Return. It's almost utterly devoid of anything Twin Peaks. I previously referred it as off-brand. That is putting it mildly. Having seen all 3 seasons (the first two dozens of times over the years) and reading through all of the written companion pieces, it is very apparent that Mark Frost is the one the made Twin Peaks what it was—this wonderful mixture of quirk and darkness—that lended itself to Lynch's style. And that is where the perfect balance of season one comes from: the collaboration of Frost and Lynch. Too much Lynch, and it becomes indistinguishable from all of the rest. Frost is the conductor that kept the Lynch train on the tracks so that it could arrive at the station. The imbalance is palpable in the Return, to its misfortune.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    Excelente concepto, un grande Lynch.
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Honestly I couldn't go past episode 3. This isn't Twin Peaks. It has lost all the familiar and genuine atmosphere, the characters (the new ones) are uninteresting and the old ones are...well, old, and it's all either too boring or too nonsensical (even for Lynch standards). So, that's a big no for me.
  • Apr 18, 2019
    The best season of Twin Peaks.If there were 9 episodes it would be 10
  • Jan 13, 2019
    i just seen the first 2 discs of the the return. i hate to say this because i really was looking forward to it. Disapointing & garbage. i loved the 1990 series but this is just a cheap move. like a student wants to impress to graduate. waiste of time and money.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Twin Peaks: The Return is a masterpiece. Lynch is a master.

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