Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine (1998)

At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, American independent director Todd Haynes (Safe) received the "Artistic Achievement" award for this re-creation of the UK glam rock scene of the early '70s. Glam rock star Brian Slade… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Haynes' chronicle of the glam era is visually rich but too dramatically fragmented and overwhelmed by music to permit involvement in the tale's characters or the director's POV.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

While some gay men's fantasies center around muscled jocks, cops or cowboys, Todd Haynes' would seem to be of a slightly more arcane bent.

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Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star

A bizarre thing, this trippy movie takes you on a whirlwind tour of Brit glam rock and doesn't let go. Graphic and unforgiving, but good.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The style is devilishly flamboyant and gleefully indulgent; every shot is full of amazing stuff. The edits dance and twist. It's a glam movie about a glam subject.

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Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

the ending happens at least half an hour later than it should

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Clever, often fascinating look at the world of glam rock.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Velvet Goldmine gives the rock movie a makeover.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Repeat viewings will allow one to piece together the fragmented montage as a melancholic ode to freedom, and those who fight for it through art.

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Jeremy Heilman

Working slightly against it, it's got an elliptical approach that's initially emotionally disorienting, a plot structure that's been a bit too audaciously borrowed from Citizen Kane, of all things, and a rather vacant performance at [its]center.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
interesting but flawed - frustratingly got a couple things right... just listen to the the records.
Melvin White
Brian Slade: Man is least himself when he talks in his own person... Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth.  "The Rise Of A Star... The Fall… More
Jim Hunter
A reporter investigates the life and legend of a glam rocker who faked his death years ago. Todd Haynes's distinct style of flashy costumes and gay… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i don't understand this kind of movie. if you take away the makeup, Bowie impersonation and bisexuality, you're not left with much. just Christian… More
Daniel Perry
It doesn't take a genius to piece this alternate history together: Curt Wild = Iggy Pop, Brian Slade = David Bowie and Jack Fairy = Lou Reed. But if this… More
Cynthia S.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers leads a talented group of actors in this fantastic glam rock spectacle. Everything about this film set primarily in the 70s is decadent,… More