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[Lynch's] never before married his subconscious impulses to an accessible storytelling style in such a satisfying, beguiling way.
A wonderfully Lynchian dive into the dream and the reality of Hollywood, moviemaking, acting and love.
You may walk out of this movie with a headache, you may walk out angry or or you may feel like you've just come back from Oz, but you will not walk out unaffected.
Nobody creates cinematic nightmares like David Lynch, and Mulholland Drive ... is one of his most intense and scary.
New York Times:
Its investigation into the power of movies pierces a void from which you can hear the screams of a ravenous demon whose appetites can never be slaked.
This distinctly Hollywood nightmare makes a deeper kind of sense.
Los Angeles Times:
Puts these people into a lot of strange situations that hold our attention because of how confidently and atmospherically Lynch ... has re-created their dilemmas.
Mulholland Drive is the product of an expansive vision. Lynch isn't projecting private nightmares this time. Los Angeles is the city of all our dreams.
Maintains a consistent, relatively humanistic Lynchian vibe from beginning to end, and it sports a few entertainingly loopy scenes.
If it's Lynch's intention to stun us into silence with the mysteries of life, he does so.
Mulholland Drive may on some level be a sacramental dream as rerun, but Lynch is such a hypnotic craftsman that he holds you in his thrall.
Globe and Mail:
Like Twin Peaks, it keeps spooling out more narrative twists until the ingenious maze turns into an oppressive tangle.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
Lynch needs to renew himself with an influx of the deep feeling he has for people, for outcasts, and lay off the cretins and hobgoblins and zombies for a while.
New York Observer:
One of the very few movies in which the pieces not only add up to much more than the whole, but also supersede it with a series of (for the most part) fascinating fragments.
Lynch is playing a big practical joke on us. He takes characters we have come to care about and obscures their fates in gibberish.
A gorgeously rounded picture, one that starts out with a glamorous come-hither wink and has the good grace to follow through, although perhaps not in the way we expect.