83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Velvet Goldmine is no masterpiece, but, at its best, it's a ravishing rock dream.
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80

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's a shimmering, thorny, and consummately self-aware valentine to a paradise, however illusory, lost.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The music and camera work are dazzling, and the story has solid sociological insights into a fascinating pop-culture period.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The plot only slows a film that works best as a feast of sight and sound.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The movie is dramatically limp, running out of narrative steam long before the set decorator runs out of colours.
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60

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
Now the big question: Does this whole thing actually work? Some of the time.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

On the one hand, you want to praise it for its stylishness and originality in tackling some fascinating subject matter. On the other hand, it's frustrating because it could have been so much better.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
One can admire it, but it's hard to get caught up in it.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It wants to be a movie in search of a truth, but it's more like a movie in search of itself.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Director Todd Haynes' (Safe) much-anticipated look at the "glam rock" scene of two decades ago, is like a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing.
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65 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.