De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) | Release Date: September 19, 1986 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
76
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 15 Critics
Positive:
10
Mixed:
3
Negative:
2
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You either think it's dementedly wild at heart or a lost highway to nowhere.
88
One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
80
An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
100
The most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life. [19 September 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
50
Dark, menacing and sexual, with satanic overtones, like a Black Sabbath song, with many moments of genuine fright and harsh eroticism. [19 September 1986, Daily Notebook, p.76]
100
As fascinating as it is freakish. It confirms Mr. Lynch's stature as an innovator, a superb technician, and someone best not encountered in a dak alley. [19 September 1986]
60
Lynch and his film will surely be reviled, but as an experiment in expanding cinema's dramatic and technical vocabulary, Blue Velvet demands respect. [Sept. 22, 1986]