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65

Metascore

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83
Entertainment Weekly
Velvet Goldmine is no masterpiece, but, at its best, it's a ravishing rock dream.
80
It's a shimmering, thorny, and consummately self-aware valentine to a paradise, however illusory, lost.
75
The plot only slows a film that works best as a feast of sight and sound.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The music and camera work are dazzling, and the story has solid sociological insights into a fascinating pop-culture period.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The movie is dramatically limp, running out of narrative steam long before the set decorator runs out of colours.
60
Now the big question: Does this whole thing actually work? Some of the time.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
It wants to be a movie in search of a truth, but it's more like a movie in search of itself.
50
One can admire it, but it's hard to get caught up in it.
50
On the one hand, you want to praise it for its stylishness and originality in tackling some fascinating subject matter. On the other hand, it's frustrating because it could have been so much better.
50
ReelViews
Director Todd Haynes' (Safe) much-anticipated look at the "glam rock" scene of two decades ago, is like a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing.
20
Empire
On paper, fine; on celluloid, a Rocky Horror Show of nightmarish proportions.

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