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Blow Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2001
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 6, 2001
Blow can't sustain the high.
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April 6, 2001
An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
April 6, 2001
Blow fades a bit in its second half, weighed down by a need to closely follow Jung's life. But even then, the actors are so compelling that it's just a mild discomfort.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 6, 2001
A mediocre biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 6, 2001
Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 6, 2001
Depp aside, the acting is almost uniformly atrocious -- although it's hard to make hay out of this dialogue.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 6, 2001
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 6, 2001
It's one of the few major releases so far this year that is worth a grown-up's time.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 6, 2001
Tthe movie is higher on style than it is on substance, but one of its strong suits is that it never stoops so low as to lecture us. It throttles by with irresponsible abandon.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 6, 2001
In its way, this sometimes hilarious, sometimes deeply moving film has more to say about the influence of drugs on American society than the self-important Traffic.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 6, 2001
Very little about this druggy drama works as intended.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 6, 2001
There's a been there, done that quality to this picture for anyone who saw the far nervier, more flamboyant Scarface -- not to mention the far grittier, urgent Traffic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 6, 2001
Ambitious but repetitive.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 6, 2001
An indelible portrait of one decent man's blown life.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2001
Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 6, 2001
Languishes nondescriptly in a vast powdery wasteland, somewhere between Boogie Nights and Scarface.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 5, 2001
Makes you wonder, just a little, what it was about Blow that made it a 'go' project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 5, 2001
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 5, 2001
While too animated to ever be boring, winds up feeling embarrassingly banal.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2001
The problem with Blow is not so much that a film was made about a drug dealer as that once that opening section's energy has dissipated, no one could find a way to make the proceedings of even minimal interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
April 5, 2001
Blow is funny, immediately and consistently engaging and -- save for its shallow conceptions and shallower portrayals of the female characters -- well done on almost every level.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 5, 2001
Even when the film fails to get deep into George's psyche, it does a fine job delineating his circumstances and his slow, steady fall.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
April 5, 2001
There are laugh-out-loud interludes, and some of Depp's stunned reaction shots are priceless.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 5, 2001
Consistently entertaining.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
April 5, 2001
A watchable mediocrity at best, too unimaginative to find resonance anywhere in a huge and destructive cultural phenomenon, and too sloppy to care.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 5, 2001
The movie boasts an uncommon level of intelligence to go along with the fine craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2001
Catchy and efficient entertainment, occasionally gripping in its detail.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2001
Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 5, 2001
Won't blow you away, but it's a highly watchable morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 4, 2001
The panorama is funneled through the experience of an increasingly dull character.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 22, 2001
Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous, this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 20, 2001
Initially buoyant and flavorful, pic grows less distinctive as Jung's rise-and-fall saga hits the downhill slope.