Blade Runner Reviews

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Rob Vaux
June 25, 2012
A motion picture masterpiece on the short list of Reasons Why This Medium is Worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2012
It takes a particularly weird kind of sincerity to end a movie that has been for its entire running time an exploration of surfaces... with its most sublime and humane gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
July 3, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] Blade Runner is one of the most enigmatic yet problematic science fiction films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Emanuel Levy
June 6, 2011
A quintessential film noir of the 1980s, much underestimated at the time of release.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A dark, philosophical sci-fi drama for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
As a display terminal for the wizardry of Designers Lawrence G. Paull, Douglas Trumbull and Syd Mead, the movie delivers.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 2, 2008
For all its armor of brutalizing urban dystopia (and, boy, is there a lot of that -- you could fund a war on terror with the fog- and rain-machine budgets alone), Blade Runner has a gooey center.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
March 19, 2008
It may be a quarter of a century old, but Blade Runner still seems like the future . . .
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 19, 2008
Probably close to being on par with Fritz Lang's Metropolis in terms of grandeur -- although of a stunningly different and far more unsettling kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Mark Eberhart
Kansas City Star
January 4, 2008
The new version helped me see the soul because, ironically, this rendering is so much brighter. Noir or not, a film you can't see properly is a film you can't fully appreciate.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2008
Though it's a triumph of visual futurism and an ornament to sci-fi cinema as well as to cinema in general, I resist it on some level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
January 1, 2008
It's an overwhelming, immersive experience, a total creation of a possible future so complete that you don't need exposition to know how we got from here to there (2019).
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 18, 2007
Stylistically, Blade Runner is the Citizen Kane of sci-fi movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jesse Hassenger
December 17, 2007
Scott's film may keep us at arm's length, but it holds us, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 7, 2007
Blade Runner, which does not look one bit dated, envelops us so completely in its off-kilter, near-future world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2007
The changes are minor, but the overall effect is a much cleaner, more logical, and more organically flowing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Beth Accomando
December 4, 2007
Blade Runner has only gotten better with time. Do yourself a favor and pass over anything new in theaters and go for this old classic, it still has the power to dazzle and amaze.
| Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 30, 2007
This definitive print should be the last little push that "Blade Runner" needs to complete its 25-year journey from box office failure to cult favorite to full-blown classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
November 30, 2007
This "new" Blade Runner is still a science fiction classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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