Blow Reviews

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March 6, 2018
The first half of Blow is a shallow but lively fun ride; the audience gets a contact high. But when George's fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
September 26, 2002
The filmmakers are torn between presenting George's life story as a cautionary tale, or as a blast.
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March 19, 2002
May 7, 2001
Depp, an actor of terrific intelligence, insight and range, easily transforms himself from peppy youngster to sad, shambling failure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 6, 2001
Languishes nondescriptly in a vast powdery wasteland, somewhere between Boogie Nights and Scarface.
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