(1986)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The New York Times
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]
100
Los Angeles Times
The most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life. [19 September 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
88
Chicago Tribune
One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
80
Film.com
An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
80
Hopper creates a flabbergasting portrait of unrepentent, irredeemable evil.
67
Austin Chronicle
You either think it's dementedly wild at heart or a lost highway to nowhere.
50
Chicago Reader
It's mostly fascinating, though the unconverted may be in for a rough two hours.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
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]
30
Doesn't progress or deepen, it just gets weirder, and to no good end.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
So strong, so shocking and yet so audacious that people walk out shaking their heads; they don't know quite what to make of it.

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