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Blast from the Past (1999)

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52

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 11

Cute idea, but not consistently funny.

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56

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 213,898

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Movie Info

In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), in Los Angeles. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a plane crashed into the Webber's yard. Mistaking the blast for "the big one," the Webbers moved into their elaborate bomb shelter to wait out the half-life of radioactive fallout. In the shelter, now a sort of time capsule, Calvin and Helen conceived and raised their son Adam (played as

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Bill Kelly, Hugh Wilson

Dec 26, 2001

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (33) | DVD (14)

Blast From the Past saves its best for first.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Thanks to a clever script, tight direction, a first-rate cast and the dynamite combination of Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, Blast from the Past blows away the recent crop of romantic comedies.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Despite its faintly mechanical construction, Blast From The Past is very classy, and the improbable comic duo of Spacek and Walken provide the manic edge. Silverstone is good, engagingly grouchy but Fraser is indeed a blast.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

[A] bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Once the movie decides the air is clear and Fraser begins walking the earth, Blast becomes much spottier at hitting its comic targets and suffers from a bad case of the cutes.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Any movie with a rhyming title should be treated with suspicion. And Blast From The Past -- two films inconveniently rolled into one creaking rom-com -- is as bad as it gets.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's something a little bit creepy and Dole-like about the notion that 35 years ago, everything was good and pure and right (except for that whole Cold War mess), while today, everything has become debased and confusing.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This fresh idea delivers some scintillating humor.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It's pleasant enough, with Fraser's goofy charm particularly winning.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Blast From the Past hits all the right notes.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Blast from the Past is a cute idea that delivers a few good scenes, but not enough to make the movie consistently entertaining.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Audience Reviews for Blast from the Past

Still a cute film years later. One of Alicia's best
August 3, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

t has some things i like about it like the beginning 35 minutes with the whole, them being in a bomb shelter for 35 years, and i liked some of the jokes after the 35 minutes but overall it was just an average comedy film.
May 1, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

The central premise is fun and kind of clever, even if the film isn't completely a success. The script is okay, but could have been better, I did enjoy this movie though, and I like the performances.

I think those are probably the best part. The concept is so goofy, but the cast do a pretty good job of trying to sell things, especially Walken, Spacek, and Fraser.

This isn't an amazing movie, but it's fun for a lazy day.
August 21, 2010
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The story was peculiar. But not that bad I guess. I wasn't bored. That could be a plus point.
February 15, 2010
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Dead Angel

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