Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If audiences walk away from this subversive, surreal shocker not fully understanding the story, they might also walk away with a deeper perception of the potential of film storytelling.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch's humor keeps breaking through, too.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Lush and peculiar Blue Velvet, the latest film from the mind that spawned Eraserhead, is an unnerving combination of the wholesome and the unholy.

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Peter Travers
People Magazine

Whether you are attracted or repelled by Lynch's bizarre vision, one thing is for sure: You've never seen anything like it in your life.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Destined to become a cult classic, Blue Velvet presents what is probably the most original cinematic vision to come along this year. Undoubtedly, it will be too strong for many tastes.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Blue Velvet is a film for the aficionado. Pity the viewer who wanders into the movie unprepared.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[A] powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience`s attention.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Lynch and his film will surely be reviled, but as an experiment in expanding cinema's dramatic and technical vocabulary, Blue Velvet demands respect.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Once experienced here, listening to Roy Orbison's In Dreams will never be the same again.

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Reid Volk
Summed up perfectly by the late Gene Siskel, this film plays you like a piano. Lynch's arousing yet unsettling portrait of the underbelly of the American… More
Spencer S.
Lynchian thrill at its best, this is just one of director David Lynch's heralded magnum opuses. The film has the same overall tone of creepiness, insidious… More
Melvin White
Frank Booth: In dreams, I walk with you. In dreams, I talk to you. In dreams, you're mine, all the time. Forever.  "It's a strange world."… More
Graham Jones
David Lynch's first fully realized masterpiece starts off seemingly straight forward and innocent but don't let the introduction fool you. You soon… More
Devon Bott
A dandy fop pimp (Dean Stockwell) lip syncs Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" while a psychotic kidnapper (Dennis Hopper) stands listening, racked with… More