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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 6, 2001
Blow can't sustain the high.
April 6, 2001
An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing.
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.
April 6, 2001
A mediocre biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2001
Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go.
April 6, 2001
Depp aside, the acting is almost uniformly atrocious -- although it's hard to make hay out of this dialogue.
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
April 6, 2001
It's one of the few major releases so far this year that is worth a grown-up's time.
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.
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.
April 6, 2001
Very little about this druggy drama works as intended.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2001
Ambitious but repetitive.
April 6, 2001
An indelible portrait of one decent man's blown life.
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
April 6, 2001
Languishes nondescriptly in a vast powdery wasteland, somewhere between Boogie Nights and Scarface.
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
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.
April 5, 2001
While too animated to ever be boring, winds up feeling embarrassingly banal.
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
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.
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.
April 5, 2001
There are laugh-out-loud interludes, and some of Depp's stunned reaction shots are priceless.
April 5, 2001
Consistently entertaining.
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.
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
April 5, 2001
Catchy and efficient entertainment, occasionally gripping in its detail.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 5, 2001
Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 5, 2001
Won't blow you away, but it's a highly watchable morality tale.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 4, 2001
The panorama is funneled through the experience of an increasingly dull character.
March 22, 2001
Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous, this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 20, 2001
Initially buoyant and flavorful, pic grows less distinctive as Jung's rise-and-fall saga hits the downhill slope.