"Every viewing yields new insights. A berserko modern classic."
— David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention."
— Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate."
— Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"What dazzles still about David Lynch's Blue Velvet is its total authority: Not a single false gesture. No shock delivered solely for its own sake."
— Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Lush and peculiar Blue Velvet, the latest film from the mind that spawned Eraserhead, is an unnerving combination of the wholesome and the unholy."
— Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Isabella Rossellini’s singer Dorothy is a heart-rending open wound, Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth one of cinema’s great nutjobs, and Lynch’s control a thing of nightmarish beauty."
— Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope and power that rivals any of the most subversive films to reach the screens during the '80s."
— James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The last real earthquake to hit cinema was David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" -- I'm sure directors throughout the film world felt the earth move beneath their feet and couldn't sleep the night of their first encounter with it back in 1986. (Review of 20th Anniversary Re-Release)"
— Guy Maddin, Village Voice