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Blade Runner Reviews

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David Pirie
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The android villains are neither menacing nor sympathetic, when ideally they should have been both. This leaves Scott's picturesque violence looking dull and exploitative.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 5, 2013
They all plod along while sometimes dazzling, sometimes boring special effects whiz by and Ford's climactic confrontation with Hauer approaches. Instead of tension building, though, things are grinding to a halt, including Hauer's gears.
October 2, 2007
Projected in digital format with booming, all-encompassing sound, Blade Runner: The Final Cut is a marvel of technology and dedication. As a film it's still the same dead-eyed pretty girl who looks good on your arm but is a real bore over dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 18, 2008
...a hopelessly overrated piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
Paradoxically, Scott's crowded, misty, neon streetscape seems even murkier; fuzz I chalked up to VHS tapes is production designer Lawrence G. Paull dumping ashtrays in the air.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 18, 2003
A visually stunning, but emotionally empty sci-fi classic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A very dark and far too long thriller with many dull moments that would serve the film better by moving along a bit faster.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 2, 2015
The contradictions that plague the movie are apparent from the outset.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2015
Too bad the filmmakers didn't try to recapture the modest virtues of the Dick novel, which (despite many flaws of its own) has a humor and humanity that are nowhere felt in 'Blade Runner.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
August 2, 2015
A masterpiece of dystopian science fiction on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2007
This is a seminal film, building on older classics like Metropolis or Things to Come, but establishing a pervasive view of the future that has influenced science fiction films ever since.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
May 29, 2007
These days, it's almost impossible to find a gritty science fiction motion picture that doesn't owe at least a small debt to Blade Runner's visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2007
Ridley Scott created a triumph of retro-futuristic design over narrative or character richness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
It's science-fiction. It's film noir. It's action. (It's awesome.)
| Original Score: 5/5
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