Blow Dry Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 9, 2001
Blow Dry is enjoyable in a low-key way, but it's far from an unqualified hit, and lacks the infectious energy of Beaufoy's earlier effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2001
The formula is nakedly apparent, and the woes and crises feel as synthetic as a bad wig.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 8, 2001
Things ... get hinky as the script struggles to wrap up its numerous tragedies and conflicts this movie is too synthetic to effectively deal with the subplots it introduces.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 9, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 8, 2001
Breathnach plods through it all like a tired, blinkered plowhorse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 8, 2001
The problem is director Paddy Breathnach can't decide what kind of movie this should be.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 8, 2001
Blow Dry, the British comedy opening today, has a cast to die for, but that's about all that it has.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 19, 2001
The material just isn't up to par.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 8, 2001
Its laughs come mostly from tired flamboyancy stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 8, 2001
Another case of when bad scripts happen to good actors.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2001
High-spirited but erratic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 8, 2001
Director Paddy Breathnach, who made the criminally underrated I Went Down, struggles to counteract the hackneyed plotting with visual grace. All the actors likewise struggle to rise above the mawkish sentimentality.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 8, 2001
It's not a good hair day for Blow Dry, in which The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy tries to mesh melodrama and camp, but comes up with merely a fraction of the inspiration of his previous international hit.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 8, 2001
Apparently [the town inhabitants] haven't heard of the healing properties of chocolate or male stripping.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 9, 2001
Blow Dry seems both overplotted and underimagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
March 9, 2001
The script by Simon Beaufoy of The Full Monty fame is far more soapy than bubbly as it concentrates on extended family entanglements and allows its comic potential to be bleached out by a ponderous mawkish streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Venable
Supercala.com
June 28, 2002
I really don't know who the heck this is supposed to appeal to...
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 8, 2001
The finished product posters may be alluring, and the cut may look promising while it's occurring, but in the end, you probably won't recommend the mediocre results to your friends.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Todd R. Ramlow
PopMatters
March 21, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
March 21, 2001
March 21, 2001
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
March 21, 2001

Film Journal International
April 2, 2001

Irish Times
September 7, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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June 24, 2006
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