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: September 19, 1986
DVD Release Date: February 4, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% 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.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.

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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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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

You can't laugh this movie off. It won't let you.

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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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Ray Pride
Newcity

Gestures: ears; hands; bared necks; eyes, held still and fearful. Just within his grasp. Not clutching, not crushing, not brushing, not bruising. Just imminent.

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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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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Has lost very little of its juice or shock in three decades.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
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A young man from the small town of Lumberton stumbles upon a severed human ear and his curiosity leads him down the rabbit hole of violence and depravity… More
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