Blade Runner Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2015
Film noir cubed, science fiction a step beyond 2001.
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
August 2, 2015
Even when over the top, Scott's uncompromisingly disorienting film is a singularly hallucinatory experience and nothing short of exhilarating.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
August 2, 2015
A masterpiece of dystopian science fiction on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
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
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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
ColeSmithey.com
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
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
October 18, 2008
It seems ageless, despite being set in 2019. This is a future more murky than shining, where hardened men move among the lowlife in a warren of streets lit like an Edward Hopper painting, below pyramid-like skyscrapers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
eFilmCritic.com
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
MSN.com
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
Filmcritic.com
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
Top Critic
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 2, 2015
The contradictions that plague the movie are apparent from the outset.
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