Blue Velvet Synopsis
A man (Kyle MacLachlan) ties the mystery of a severed ear to a roadhouse floozy and her tormentor.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
The most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life. [19 September 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
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100

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
As fascinating as it is freakish. It confirms Mr. Lynch's stature as an innovator, a superb technician, and someone best not encountered...
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope...
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100

Village Voice

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The last real earthquake to hit cinema was David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" -- I'm sure directors throughout the film world felt the earth move...
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90

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
What dazzles still about David Lynch's Blue Velvet is its total authority: Not a single false gesture. No shock delivered solely for its...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
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80

Film.com

By John Hartl
An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
You either think it's dementedly wild at heart or a lost highway to nowhere.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Dark, menacing and sexual, with satanic overtones, like a Black Sabbath song, with many moments of genuine fright and harsh eroticism. [19...
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25

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
So strong, so shocking and yet so audacious that people walk out shaking their heads; they don't know quite what to make of it.
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Surreal, graphic shocker of small-town sin.
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