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The Blackout

The Blackout (1997)

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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3/5
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Cult figure Abel Ferrara directed this typically edgy look at an actor whose abuse of alcohol and drugs takes an unexpected toll. Matty (Matthew Modine) is an actor whose career is on the fast track; however, he's not able to handle the pressures of life in Hollywood, so he heads to Miami to recharge his emotional batteries. Given Miami's night life, this might not have been the wisest choice he could have made, as he's soon sunk deep in a sea of drink and drugs. Matty asks his girlfriend Annie

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jun 19, 2001

Trimark Pictures

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

Dizzying visual style can't conceal the shallow, self-indulgent nature of Ferrara's sleazy erotic thriller, one of his worst pictures with a terrible performance by a miscast Matthew Modine at its center

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Ferrara ... proves incapable of making distinctions between his inspired and indulgent impulses.

June 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

With vacuous dialogue and little sense of character or direction, it oozes from one amateurishly conceived scene to the next.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

The presentation and the acting make you stop caring.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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From the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival.A Complete waste of my time, This is the worst of all the movies I have seen from this Festival. What was this movie about, had to be a low point in everyone?s career. I knew I was in trouble when netflix sent me a 1997 Movie, that had not a scratch one on it. Looked like a movie right out of the case, meaning, no one has watched it, and for good reason. You give this anything more then 2 stars you might want to get a life. Gets 1/2 a star from me. TRASH IT
October 6, 2009
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A strange film really, bit slow to start with but has a very good ending with a twist.
April 21, 2007
Deano78

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A film I am shocked that more Ferrara fans don't love. Sure it's reminiscent of other works by him, but that's one of the things that makes it great. Modine is awesome as the scumbag lead who goes to Hopper for help on piecing together a night that he blacked out. Terrific stuff that deserves a lot more praise than it got.
November 19, 2007
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