• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ted Demme
    In Theaters:
    Apr 6, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 11, 2001
  • New Line Cinema
  • Blow
    1 minutes 59 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Blow Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2001
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

Has a dusty, encyclopedic feel to it.

April 6, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The glossy look of Blow can't cover the rot at its core.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 5, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Blow can't sustain the high.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

April 6, 2001
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Depp works hard but we never get a clear view of George Jung, other than that of an aged boy.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

April 16, 2001
Christopher Null

It feels endless, and ultimately it becomes less an adventure story and instead a whiny melodrama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2001
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Comes off like a flamboyant cartoon, another film about the deglamorization of glamorous people living it up in the glamorous world of drugs.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: D+

September 16, 2007
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

The climax is a paean to the cheesy melodrama.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A film has to try much harder to get me to pity who's wallowing in a bed of his own making.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

April 23, 2001
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

Irresponsible, glossed up, romanticized.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D+

October 24, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie plays it real safe, as the only users the audience sees are the flashy Hollywood types that no one cares about.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Does the movie make us care? Not really, which is the movie's basic problem.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

October 5, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The panorama is funneled through the experience of an increasingly dull character.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 4, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2001
Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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A watchable mediocrity at best, too unimaginative to find resonance anywhere in a huge and destructive cultural phenomenon, and too sloppy to care.

April 5, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Blow is all surface, from its hippie and disco-era costumes to its wigs and makeup, right down to its star's bogus hardscrabble New England accent.

April 5, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Makes you wonder, just a little, what it was about Blow that made it a 'go' project.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/5

April 5, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Ambitious but repetitive.

April 6, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Neither a tragedy nor a morality play, but rather a jaunty, candy-colored romp through a quarter century or so of American pop music, pop fashion and popular illegal substances.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 6, 2001
Ted Murphy

What makes the film eminently compelling is Depp's superlative lead performance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2001
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 9, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Mac Verstandig
Entertainment Insiders
August 27, 2003
Matthew Bond
Daily Mail [UK]
December 16, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 24, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 8, 2001
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
May 23, 2001
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 26, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

Ebert & Roeper
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April 12, 2001

August 10, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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