Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. 75
    The plot only slows a film that works best as a feast of sight and sound.
  2. The music and camera work are dazzling, and the story has solid sociological insights into a fascinating pop-culture period.
  3. The movie is dramatically limp, running out of narrative steam long before the set decorator runs out of colours.
  4. 80
    It's a shimmering, thorny, and consummately self-aware valentine to a paradise, however illusory, lost.
  5. In terms of sheer, unrelenting visual invention, Velvet Goldmine is a wonder.
  6. Velvet Goldmine is no masterpiece, but, at its best, it's a ravishing rock dream.
  7. 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.
  8. Brilliantly reimagines the glam-rock 70's as a brave new world of electrifying theatricality and sexual possibility, to the point where identifying precise figures in this neo-psychedelic landscape is almost beside the point.
  9. 70
    Weighed down with self-important messages, but it's also splashily opulent.
  10. Dazzling and dizzying, confusing and even annoying, Velvet Goldmine is a feverish dream of a film, a riot of color and attitude that is all pop decadence, all night long.
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    A brainy three-ring circus.
  12. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Haynes sets out to demonstrate the power of popular music to change people's lives--to tell them it's OK to fashion themselves into anything they please.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A constantly imaginative, stylistically lively but dramatically inert chronicle of cultural and sexual rebellion.
  14. 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."
  15. Conceptual to a fault, writer-director Todd Haynes (Poison, Safe) realizes one of his oldest and most cherished projects -- a celebration of the glam-rock era and the bisexuality it turned into an opulent circus -- with wit, glitter, and energy, but with such a scant sense of character or period that it leaves one feeling relatively empty as soon as it's over.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 22, 2013
    6
    Velvet Goldmine is a mostly interesting glide through the times of glam-rock culture. Certain characters are obviously thinly veiled versionsVelvet 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 isIt'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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  3. SarahM.
    Oct 23, 2005
    7
    Amazing soundtrack, great actors!