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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]
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]
One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
Hopper creates a flabbergasting portrait of unrepentent, irredeemable evil.
You either think it's dementedly wild at heart or a lost highway to nowhere.
It's mostly fascinating, though the unconverted may be in for a rough two hours.
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]
Doesn't progress or deepen, it just gets weirder, and to no good end.
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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