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Blow Reviews

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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
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 6, 2001
Has a dusty, encyclopedic feel to it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 5, 2001
The glossy look of Blow can't cover the rot at its core.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 6, 2001
Blow can't sustain the high.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 16, 2001
Depp works hard but we never get a clear view of George Jung, other than that of an aged boy.
Christopher Null
April 2, 2001
It feels endless, and ultimately it becomes less an adventure story and instead a whiny melodrama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: D+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 2, 2001
The climax is a paean to the cheesy melodrama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 23, 2001
A film has to try much harder to get me to pity who's wallowing in a bed of his own making.
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Irresponsible, glossed up, romanticized.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 5, 2008
Does the movie make us care? Not really, which is the movie's basic problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2001
Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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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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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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 6, 2001
Ambitious but repetitive.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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