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Blaze Reviews

December 26, 2018
Dickey looks like a big, shaggy dog with a wounded paw who's been left out in the rain overnight. And he's a real revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 14, 2018
Hawke is more fascinated with passion than profile. And here, that's more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2018
Dickey would have made a strong impression regardless. But it turns out he can act, and sing, and has a genuine magnetism that combines with an endearing quality to create a highly appealing screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2018
Hawke argues movingly that creative success has nothing to do with fame and everything to do with how an artist grows as a person and impacts the people around him.
September 28, 2018
Hawke tells Foley's story with heart and style, and that's going to make Blaze Foley even more of a legend, and deservedly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2018
Hawke's fascinated by the tug of war between artistic freedom and domestic responsibility, and he's found clever ways to deal with that theme while zigzagging through Foley's life of music, alcohol, cocaine and women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2018
Ethan Hawke continues scratching his artisty itch by directing and co-writing a biopic of Blaze Foley that feels as raggedy-shambling, jumbled, and sad (but secretly thoughtful and impressive) as the country music oddball himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2018
The movie is Hawke's fourth and best feature as a director; it's immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2018
The great singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt used to say there are two kinds of music: the blues and zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Both are on full, florid display in Blaze, an absorbing, illuminating film about the late musician Blaze Foley.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2018
It's the kind of movie that, if you give yourself to it, you'll love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 14, 2018
Every one of the relationships depicted crackles with history, tension and love. This a film about how we tell stories about the dead, and who gets to craft these legends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2018
A valiant if studied effort, one that occasionally calls to mind Terrence Malick's 2017 freeform music drama, "Song to Song."
September 7, 2018
Blaze feels like a true passion project, an engine running on Hawke's endless supply of enthusiasm for his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 6, 2018
Mr. Hawke is clearly motivated by nothing but affection for Blaze, Townes, Sybil and the state of Texas. He doesn't so much scramble biopic conventions as allow himself and the audience to be distracted from them.
September 5, 2018
Director Ethan Hawke turns the story of hard-livin' troubadour Blaze Foley into a tribute to artistic integrity - and the best music biopic of the year
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2018
What Hawke has provided here, with plenty of grace and a minimum of fuss, is an elegy for a life that went missing, more smolder than blaze, and a chance to hear the songs of the unsung.
August 17, 2018
At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley's life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2018
Hawke obviously loves hanging out with Dickey's Foley, adjusting to his rhythms, suggesting through his pacing that he never wants to leave this milieu.
January 29, 2018
The film isn't a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece neatly fits into a greater whole; it's more like a drunken night of people sitting around and remembering their old friend, warts and all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 22, 2018
Hands down the best movie of its kind since Inside Llewyn Davis.
January 22, 2018
Blaze is more affecting than most other live-hard/die-ugly music biopics.
January 22, 2018
The daring of Ethan Hawke as a filmmaker is that he shapes his scenes not in a conventional way but as randomly observed slivers of life that amble and glide along to Blaze's dawdling spirit.