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This sexy thriller has been acclaimed as one of the year's best films. Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mystery - and ensnared in an equally dangerous web of erotic passion. "There's nothing like this baby anywhere! This sinful pleasure is a fresh triumph for Lynch, and one of the best films of the year. Visionary daring, swooning eroticism and colors that pop like a whore's lip gloss!" says Rolling Stone's Peter Travers. "See it… then see it again!" (Time Out New York)
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 152
- Fresh: 124
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mulholland Drive makes movies feel alive again.
Rotten: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Lynch challenges our expectations of narrative and credibility by luxuriating in something else -- the unexplained, the making of no-sense that (he says) underlies life.
A Perfect Gnostic Movie
This is a perfect "mystery play" in the ancient Gnostic sense. All the characters represent different archetypes/psychological realities/divinities. Just remember: 1. There are only two women - the blond and the dark-headed woman. All the different blondes and dark-headed women are different incarnations of the same two women. 2. The blue-headed woman is another incarnation of the dark-headed woman. 3. The dark-headed woman is Sophia. Sophia is the feminine incarnation of God who's trapped in this world by gangsters known as the "archons." That's Greek for "rulers." 4. The blue-headed woman is the "higher Sophia" who's trapped above this world; watching the nightmare press forward. 5. Most of this movie is a dream sequence. But the world is a dream. Actually, it's a nightmare we're trapped in. We are also Sophia. 6. The blond represents the conscious Ego. 7. The movie is a warning against catastrophic "Ego inflation," which happens when the Ego tries to identify itself as the higher archetypes/psychological realities/divinities it encounters. In this case the blond tries to take the place of Sophia. Just as Sophia is a lower incarnation of The One, our conscious Egos are lower incarnations of the Self. And Sophia is just a step down from the Self in our deeper psychology. 8. The homeless man is Jehovah - the Lord God. Jehovah's actually an insane demon who's stolen power from his mother Sophia. This is how he keeps this nightmare alive. 9. The "Gospel of Mark" is also a Gnostic mystery play. In chapter five we see, first, Jehovah - who's represented as the hypermasculine demon named Legion - then Sophia. Sophia is represented by both the little girl and the woman saddled with a constant menstrual flow. This is the diagnosis of our predicament. This is the suffering Christ came to abolish by calling us to consciousness - Gnosis. When we remember how we got into it we'll know how to get out of it. 10. The Cowboy is the Christ. He's Sophia's husband. Near the end of the "Gospel of Mark" Sophia returns again with ointment to bless his mission. She's the woman with the alabaster jar in chapter 14. 11. The number 12 is a number of fullness and completion and balance and flexibility. It's prominent in both the movie and the "Gospel of Mark." 12 inches in a foot, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles, &c. The number 17 is 12 + 5: a number of shattered balance. Just watch the movie and keep these clues in mind. You'll see I'm right.
Lynch at his best...
I don't even know what to say, this is one of, if not the best film to come from David Lynch. The fact that it was partly shot as a pilot for a series that would never see the small screen makes it even more intriguing. Every film buff should see this movie at least once, though i guarantee you'll want to see it a second time as soon as it is over.
Tripping the Surreal
So glad to see a David Lynch film on iTunes... and what a way to start. "Mulholland Drive" is such a twisted trip down the rabbit hole and done in a way that only Lynch could deliver. I completely enjoyed this film and would recommend it to anyone willing to step out of the Hollywood Drivel Machine and experience a film like no other. Let's hope this is the beginning of many more films from David Lynch.