Blast of Silence Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
This compact and forceful low-budget film noir ... compresses a week in a hit man's bitter life into a dazzlingly brisk yet richly nuanced seventy-seven minutes.
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
You'd have to wait until The Killing of a Chinese Bookie for a deeper autopsy of the gangland macho ethos
Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
The lost noir classic starts off a bit dubiously... but the increasingly sleazy, realistic atmosphere begins to take hold of you, until you're fairly well rapt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
For a no-budget film shot on location in New York City on the sly with a nonactor in the lead role, there is a grand, existential audacity to Allen Baron's Blast of Silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Don Willmott
August 1, 2008
pure bliss for lovers of cigarettes, fedoras, and big black sedans
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Louis Proyect
May 9, 2008
Absolutely eye-popping film noir about an alienated hit-man. Not without a certain musty charm, especially the scene at the Village Gate where a "beatnik" jazz musician sings "Dressed in Black".
Sean Axmaker
May 3, 2008
The film plays like an unholy marriage between the realist films noir of the '40s like The Naked City and the early independent dramas of John Cassavetes...

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 22, 2008
There's lots to recommend this shoestring picture, not the least of which is Baron's acting ability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 22, 2008
With its finger-popping jazz score and beat-inspired interior monologue (in second person, no less), this might seem comical if it weren't so rooted in existential dread.
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Eugene Archer
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2004
Tells you everything you wanted to know about how a cautious professional hit man thinks and acts.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Bob Westal
October 18, 2008
Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2008
The tension doesn't so much revolve around the antihero's job, redemption, or ultimate fate but rather the disconnect between its mundane milieu and the grandiose flourishes they're meant to convey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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