Blue Velvet
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Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It made me feel pity for the actors who worked in it and anger at the director for taking liberties with them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"To watch [Lynch's] 1986 neo-noir masterpiece Blue Velvet is to be plunged headfirst into the mind of an extraordinary filmmaker ... who made one of the finest dissections of the American mythos yet seen."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"Works brilliantly as an allegory of American repression and willful illusion of order, Lumberton's forced-smile '50s sensibility unable to keep down the anarchic, raging id that is humanity's primal drive. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"One of the most subversive films of the 1980s, delving into the corrupt underside of the then-idealized faux innocence of the 1950s with an almost alarming ferocity."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In this impressive work, released after the flop of Dune, David Lynch addresses issues of order and disorder, normal and abnormal sexuality, good and evil, while telling a classic American coming-of-age story."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not quite like any other thriller or erotic mystery you've ever seen."
‑ John Hartl,
"A perfect marriage of classically composed storytelling and disturbing surrealism. But perhaps more importantly, its influence in storytelling still resonates to this day."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"For as diverse as Lynch's filmography is, Blue Velvet is quite possibly his masterwork. There's a strange mix of comfort and beauty with terror and awfulness."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"In 1986 David Lynch broke the language of cinema wide open in the same way that Jackson Pollock did with the art world in the early '40s."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's Dennis Hopper sucking on an oxygen mask like Darth Vader in Snoop Dogg's green room - In other words, it's classic Hopper!"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The movie doesn't progress or deepen, it just gets weirder, and to no good end."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"One which David Lynch fans will want to watch over and over in HD, and which non-fans ought to see at least once."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"shocking, perverse, funny, unsettling, scathing, biting, and twisted, but undeniably original"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"a beautiful film about sickness, a funny film about degeneracy"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Lynch's fourth feature film still stands as a bona fide masterpiece, one of the few such films that actually was appreciated in its time and has perfectly weathered the 17 years since."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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