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  • Summary: Brian Slade was the rock god of the glam rock era in London during the 70s.  Ten years after his sudden disappearance at the peak of his career, a young reporter sets out to find the truth about a publicity stunt gone wrong.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 90
    There are moments when Velvet Goldmine threatens to collapse under the weight of writer/director Todd Haynes' (Poison, Safe) ambition. But, sometimes amazingly, it doesn't, becoming in the process one of the year's freshest, most exciting films.
  2. Velvet Goldmine is no masterpiece, but, at its best, it's a ravishing rock dream.
  3. The music and camera work are dazzling, and the story has solid sociological insights into a fascinating pop-culture period.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    70
    The film is a visually beautiful but clumsily plotted mishmash of "Citizen Kane," "Eddie and the Cruisers" and England's last overblown movie musical, "Absolute Beginners."
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    Now the big question: Does this whole thing actually work? Some of the time.
  6. In trying to compose a poetic love letter to a time of liberation and freedom, Haynes has merely conjured up memories of druggy excess, egotism and tight trousers. The only mementos worth saving from the experience are available on the soundtrack.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Jeffries
    20
    On paper, fine; on celluloid, a Rocky Horror Show of nightmarish proportions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    It's quite something to behold. Fantastic cast, and an interesting interpretation of the world of Ziggy Stardust. Do not expect a plot that is easy-to-follow and clear-cut - because you won't really find it here.
    Walk into this storm of glam-infused psychedelia with an open (and 'artsy') mind and you should end up quite satisfied.
    Certain aspects of the plot and the mythology surrounding these glam-icons may remain frustratingly elusive, but in the end it's all part of the film's method.
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  2. SarahM.
    Oct 23, 2005
    7
    Amazing soundtrack, great actors!
  3. Dec 22, 2013
    6
    Velvet Goldmine is a mostly interesting glide through the times of glam-rock culture. Certain characters are obviously thinly veiled versions of real life artists such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Velvet Goldmine has a good soundtrack (obviously), some eye popping visuals and a chance to catch Christian Bale before mega fame. That said, it does lose traction during it's final third. Expand