Blade Runner Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2015
Film noir cubed, science fiction a step beyond 2001.
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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.
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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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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-
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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.
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2007
The film still represents the cutting edge of dark science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 16, 2007
Blade Runner: The Final Cut plays better now than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 16, 2007
Open the champagne: Blade Runner is finally just the way Ridley Scott wanted it. And it only took 25 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 9, 2007
There are no plot-altering additions or subtractions. But the digitally spruced print is gorgeous to look at and listen to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2007
Much of the film's erotic charge and moral and ideological ambiguity stem from the fact that these characters are very nearly the only ones we care about.
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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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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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 5, 2007
The opportunity to see one of the milestone visual achievements in a big hall with a giant screen is not to be missed. And even if you saw Blade Runner in a theater in 1982, this will be an entirely new experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 4, 2007
Mainly, the re-release is a good excuse to indulge once more in Scott's iconic and highly influential vision of a future Los Angeles choked by rain, neon and cheap pleasure palaces.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Variety Staff
Variety
May 29, 2007
A stylistically dazzling film noir set in November 2019 in a brilliantly imagined Los Angeles marked by both technological wonders and horrendous squalor.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
As intricately detailed as anything a science-fiction film has yet envisioned.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 16, 2001
It is, in fact, an amazingly sophisticated, sumptuously visionary treatise on the consequences of attaining god-hood.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 16, 2001
The film is great on every level: the poignant screenplay about man's futile quest for immortality; Scott's tremendous direction; the incredible, futuristic sets designed by Lawrence G. Paull, Syd Mead and others; the phenomenal special effects.