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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 147 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 17 out of 147
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  1. AndrewM
    Sep 7, 2004
    4
    I look down the user reviews on this film and I get a strong feeling of lonely solitude. I did not like Blue Velvet. Maybe one day I will appreciate it more, for I have only seen it the one time, and will hold it in higher regard, but my feelings on first viewing are simple: either I just purely did not get it, or it is just way too smart for me. Regardless, I'm not going to unload I look down the user reviews on this film and I get a strong feeling of lonely solitude. I did not like Blue Velvet. Maybe one day I will appreciate it more, for I have only seen it the one time, and will hold it in higher regard, but my feelings on first viewing are simple: either I just purely did not get it, or it is just way too smart for me. Regardless, I'm not going to unload heavy criticism on it because I don't really know what to say. Other than I did not like it! Mulholland Drive is one of my favourite movies over the past decade. It is an amazing head trip and very rewarding for discriminating viewers. I laugh now that many people find it inaccessible and confounding, for if MD is all that, what do you call Blue Velvet? The credit I do give it is for wholly technical reasons. I find very little redemption in story and entertainment terms. In other words, I got nothing out of it. I can only hope in the future, on repeat viewings (if there are any!), that I will feel differently, for I found this film very disappointing and really wish I felt otherwise. Expand
  2. KateO
    Dec 22, 2007
    6
    Bizarre movie...would've been more enjoyable if the sex and violence wasn't as pretentious as it seemed. Dennis Hopper was great, though.
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    6
    Having absolutely loved Mulholland Dr., I was keen to see more of Lynch's films. This predecessor, while exhibiting a lot of the filmmaking chops that in part made the former so enjoyable, is unrewarding and at times grotesque. On paper it sounds great: an innocent young man gets tangled in the hidden criminal and erotic underworld that you'd never guess was there in his picturesque town.Having absolutely loved Mulholland Dr., I was keen to see more of Lynch's films. This predecessor, while exhibiting a lot of the filmmaking chops that in part made the former so enjoyable, is unrewarding and at times grotesque. On paper it sounds great: an innocent young man gets tangled in the hidden criminal and erotic underworld that you'd never guess was there in his picturesque town. Some of the representations of this latent darkness are great (the shot zooming into the well-trimmed lawn to reveal a sea of gnashing bugs is inspired and very creepy), and indeed these two halves to the film are in themselves believable (Hopper's villain is nightmarish and feral, the ordinary citizens quaint and unassuming; which is unsettling in its own way). But whereas Mulholland Dr. took me through all the emotional reactions I can think of, the scenes here where these contrasting sides met only made me feel nauseous and uncomfortable (a naked and bruised woman lingering awkwardly in a family's front room, for example). Lynch's talents were evident here, and overall I admired it for its hard-hitting and challenging mission statement, but while I really wanted to love this movie I feel that, with its garish and even repulsive confrontations, it did its best to put me off. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
  2. You either think it's dementedly wild at heart or a lost highway to nowhere.
  3. 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]