Mulholland Dr. 2001

Critics score:
82 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: [Lynch's] never before married his subconscious impulses to an accessible storytelling style in such a satisfying, beguiling way. Read more

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Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: A wonderfully Lynchian dive into the dream and the reality of Hollywood, moviemaking, acting and love. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Elegantly haunting, assured but still deeply mysterious. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Nobody creates cinematic nightmares like David Lynch, and Mulholland Drive ... is one of his most intense and scary. Read more

Stephen Holden, 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. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz: The results haunt the back of your skull. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: This distinctly Hollywood nightmare makes a deeper kind of sense. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: 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. Read more

Paul Tatara, Maintains a consistent, relatively humanistic Lynchian vibe from beginning to end, and it sports a few entertainingly loopy scenes. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: If it's Lynch's intention to stun us into silence with the mysteries of life, he does so. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Like Twin Peaks, it keeps spooling out more narrative twists until the ingenious maze turns into an oppressive tangle. Read more

Peter Rainer, 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: A load of moronic and incoherent garbage. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Lynch is playing a big practical joke on us. He takes characters we have come to care about and obscures their fates in gibberish. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Works because Lynch is absolutely uncompromising. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, 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. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: It holds us, spellbound and amused, for all of its loony and luscious, exasperating 146 minutes. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: A movie to savour. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Thrilling and ludicrous. The movie feels entirely instinctual. Read more