Michael Blowen Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Michael Blowen

Michael Blowen
Michael Blowen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Gallipoli (1981) Gallipoli is a predictable war movie filled with all the gung-ho cliches of the genre -- and I loved it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
55% Dune (1984) Unless you have the book committed to memory, you'll find it practically impossible to follow the story.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
61% Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) The problem is not only that the film is divided into four short stories but that each director only gives us a 25% effort.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
96% Being There (1979) A brutal look at America and Americans that gently lifts up the mirror image that television gives us of ourselves, smashes it on the marble floors of our political institutions and holds a chunk of jagged glass to our throats. And then makes us laugh.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
82% My Brilliant Career (1979) It's hard to imagine a film filled with more quiet integrity, intelligent passion, realistic drama and genuine entertainment than Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
0% Windows (1980) The most despicably silly movie of the year.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980) Remember, this isn't one of those good, bad movies such as Rock 'n' Roll High School -- it's a bad, bad movie.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Coup de tête (Hothead) (1979) A quietly sophisticated indictment of corruption delivered with skill and grace.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
67% Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble) (1981) Man of Marble, a 1977 Polish film by Andrzej Wajda, evokes the comic creation, and tragic desecration, of a national hero with savage brilliance.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
91% Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (Survival Run) (1977) Soldier of Orange is a movie made by filmmakers whose war experiences were created from watching films and reading books. They can't pass off their second generation insights with the guts and glory of the men who fought the fight.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Clash - Rude Boy (1980) [Hazan and Mingay] should have either shot a few musical performances and made it a straight concert film or told the story of yet another Angry Young Man. They obviously couldn't do both.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Like a Turtle on Its Back (La tortue sur le dos) (1978) Like a Turtle on Its Back is the perfect Cambridge movie. It dares to expose the rampaging disease that afflicts at least 50% of that city's population... it is a comedy about writer's block.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
43% The Mountain Men (1980) The Mountain Men is, quite simply, the worst film of the year.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
0% Up the Academy (1980) I can't remember anticipating the end of a film with such exuberance.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Immortal Bachelor (1975) Giannini, Vitti, Gassman and Cardinale should have spent this reunion basking in their own nostalgia instead of honoring The Immortal Bachelor.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
84% Dressed to Kill (1980) Dressed To Kill is a nail-biting, seat-squirming, stylish murder mystery with a brain.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
70% The Fog (1979) Carpenter scared the wits out of audiences from coast to coast with Halloween. That was a treat. But The Fog is merely a series of bewitching tricks assembled by a film-school craftsman who believed that he could frighten people with slick gimmickry.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
97% Airplane! (1980) The popcorn will probably stick with you longer than this silly saga but, if you need a few belly laughs, get a boarding pass. Airplane is the ultimate take-off.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
67% American Gigolo (1980) Richard Gere, the highly touted actor critics invariably defend as a talent in search of a script, proves that his method acting can't propel him through a bad script.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
23% Caligula (1979) If you want a turn-on, turn-off Caligula. Stay home and read Robert Graves' I, Claudius, it's much sexier.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
80% Empire of Passion (Ai no borei) (In the Realm of Passion) (1978) A compelling, provocative love story that weaves traditional Japanese values into a tale of revenge and horror.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Best Boy (1979) Ira Wohl's Best Boy, the 1980 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, is a keen-eyed, surprisingly unsentimental chronicle of his cousin Philly's unique success story.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
17% The Hollywood Knights (1980) The film derives more from American Graffiti than More American Graffiti did. But it's an unfocused copy without one original moment.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Rough Cut (1980) The key to caper films is to stay one step ahead of the viewer. Each twist should be surprisingly logical. But the twists in Rough Cut come with a map and a tour guide. You know exactly where you're going before you get there.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Foolin' Around (1980) Foolin' Around is another aimless Animal House spin-off that never gets down to business.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
77% Brubaker (1980) Brubaker is a dramatic movie with a social conscience and a welcome change from the primarily fluffy-headed film fare of the summer of 1980.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
71% The Mirror Crack'd (1980) There simply aren't any other films around this Christmas that deliver as much solid entertainment as "The Mirror Crack'd.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
40% Fatso (1980) By the time Dom DeLuise slobbers his way through countless chocolate bars and $40 worth of chinese food, you're ready to go on a movie fast, as well as a food fast.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Inside Moves (1982) Donner always floats on the surface, willing to let the superficial emotional appeal of his characters carry the movie. No attempt is made to explore the inner trauma of losing your hands or the social stigma attached to the physically disadvantaged.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
79% The Brood (1979) [Cronenberg's] rapid fire direction keeps you bouncing back and forth between laughter and shock with only minor stops for explanatory dialogue and his satirical sophistication never stoops to cheap parody.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
14% Wholly Moses! (1980) Dudley Moore is funny. James Coco, Madeline Kahn and Richard Pryor are funny. Director Gary Weiss showed he was funny with his direction of Saturday Night Live. So, why isn't Wholly Moses funny?‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet No Maps on My Taps (1979) Through interviews, photographs, vintage movies and some of the happiest feet around, Nierenberg communicates the pleasure, satisfaction and difficulty of one of America's indigenous art forms.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
57% Little Darlings (1980) Little Darlings is as coy as it is cute. And it's too cute for words.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
74% Caddyshack (1980) Caddyshack represents everything that is wrong with contemporary film comedy.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
82% Eyewitness (1981) Except for the ingratiating performances of Hurt and Weaver, this thriller-cum-mystery-cum-romance-cum-comedy is a victim of cinematic schizophrenia.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
9% The Blue Lagoon (1980) The Blue Lagoon is closer to Robinson Crusoe Goes Club Med than to its original source. It's a fantasy island conceived at poolside in Beverly Hills and executed by tourists to the Fiji Islands. Shallow water, indeed.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
89% The Black Stallion (1979) The Black Stallion is a magical fable that basks in shimmering imagery, innocent wonder and the romantic longings that we thought Hollywood had left behind in the '50s.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
100% Fanny & Alexander (1982) In "Fanny and Alexander," Ingmar Bergman has put the magic back into his lantern. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
90% The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation) (1980) Many people have perceived Fassbinder as merely a social commentator, "The Third Generation" proves he's an artist.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
70% Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982) Fassbinder's best film.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
44% Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife) (1977) "The Stationmaster's Wife" lacks the visual vitality, originality and dramatic force of his other films.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
100% The Terminator (1984) Forget that the premise is silly and the acting second-rate because director James Cameron has the action formula down pat.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
92% The Last Emperor (1987) The most startling achievement of The Last Emperor is that it accomplishes what seems to have eluded Bertolucci for some time. He has found the small in the large and, in many ways, he has created what many thought impossible -- an intimate epic.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
87% Platoon (1986) Although Platoon is not the easiest film to watch, it is one of the best at reminding us that the cinema is not always interested in evading or distorting history. Sometimes it tells the truth.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
85% Gandhi (1982) Although Gandhi may lack the depth of a more academic approach, it is an old-fashioned, inspirational ode to a man who dared to challenge military power with self-restraint and political cunning.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
80% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) "Return of the Jedi," the final act of George Lucas' first "Star Wars" trilogy, is the best one yet. ‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
0% Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985) So incompetently crafted that it makes the Saturday-morning cartoons seem like Disney classics.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2013