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Blue Steel (1990)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rookie cop who witnesses a robbery in progress on her first night on the job. With her more experienced partner using the men's room, Megan decides to take action on her own. She creeps into the supermarket where a man (Tom Sizemore in a small role) is holding the clerk at gunpoint. Megan gets close enough to shoot the gunman, and calls out for him to drop his weapon. He spins the gun toward her, and she unloads her service revolver into his chest. His gun

Dec 3, 2002

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

Blue Steel turns into yet another movie about Jamie Lee Curtis bravely fighting off a bogeyman. It's Halloween 1990. Still, Bigelow's talent cuts through in flashes.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Short on plausibility but preserving the psycho-sexual ambiguities throughout, Bigelow's seductively stylish, wildy fetishistic thriller is proof that a woman can enter a traditionally male world and, like Megan, beat men at their own game.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Jamie Lee Curtis makes Megan so appealing and real that the film holds together even when it has no reason to.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The plot is a little of "Fatal Attraction," a little of "Jagged Edge" and a little of "Wall Street." It works because it's so audacious in combining elements that don't seem to belong together.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A mean and unsavory celebration of misplaced misogyny milked for dollars, a mindless soup of urban neurosis and sexual loathing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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What starts out as a moody arthouse flick rapidly becomes an uneven B-movie yukfest (sometimes intentional, sometimes not), with low-budget concessions to the Hollywood cop-versus-killer industry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Underrated Kathryn Bigelow gem.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The thriller inadvertently becomes an exercise in erotic violence: Director Bigelow turns the heroine's uniform and gun into fetishism, making her film a field day for Freudian psychologists.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

A captivating and thrilling whodunnit....Silver's tops

April 25, 2005
Moviehole

A routine crime thriller that surprisingly adds some off-kilter punch to its run-of-the-mill psychological edginess.

May 22, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

The film gets very silly at times, particularly during the unnaturally attenuated final showdown between Megan and Eugene, but it's still enjoyable.

January 12, 2003 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Comment (1)
All Movie Guide

Good premise, weak execution. Silver is rather hammy as the gun nut.

November 14, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Bigelow brings some steely style to an otherwise pedestrian cop thriller. Clever switcheroo on the casting, though.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Blue Steel

I saw Blue Steel 25 years after it was filmed. The story is OK, but I found it plodded along at times. Where is the NCIS lab when you need it?
May 25, 2014
Redlats

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Jamie Lee Curtis does not look very good in a police uniform. There are some good suspense scenes in this film however.
July 7, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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Jamie Lee Curtis (Carpenter films aside): poor. Ron Silver: poor. Kathryn "Point Break" Bigelow: oh, so very poor. Not a recipe for success.
June 10, 2007
garyX
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Unbelievable thriller and Jamie Lee Curtis does pretty well with her part.
November 19, 2006
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