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Blow Out Reviews

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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage
July 20, 2016
In a career fixated on the machinations of filmmaking presented through both a carnal and political eye, Brian De Palma's fascinations converged idyllically with Blow Out.
Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
May 18, 2011
If cynicism were a superhero franchise, Blow Out would be its origin story.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 2, 2011
The final moments of Blow Out are among the most shocking and powerful of De Palma's oeuvre, tacking a final note of irony onto a story that is in every other way a straightforward denunciation of power run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
Blow Out integrates De Palma style with narrative urgency and thematic consistency better than any of his films.
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William Goss
April 30, 2011
Perfectly contrasts movies that reveal the truth against those which avoid it - a blood-drenched yet stake-free slasher vs. the far more insidious horrors of all-American living.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
In the amazingly hyperbolic finale, DePalma conflates patriotism, dirty tricks, violence against women, and slasher movies into a single sick joke.

March 27, 2009
There are some neat performances, particularly Travolta's convincing bid to be taken seriously after years of being dismissed as frivolous beefcake.
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2009
A forgotten gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
March 27, 2009
An homage to Blow Up that far outstrips the original in emotional immediacy, political sophistication, and visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
This 1981 release is one of Brian De Palma's more interesting and better-made thrillers, though it's even more abjectly derivative than his Hitchcock imitations.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
With attractive leads and a stylish flair for suspense, De Palma misses sustaining involvement by his distracting allusions to prior films.
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
May 28, 2008
It's a great movie.
Steve Crum
February 21, 2008
Original for sure story of Travolta's movie sound effects guy recording a real murder.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2006
Blow Out is not known as one of Brian De Palma's horror movies, but of all his films, it's the one that feels most like a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Douglas Pratt
July 21, 2006
the filmmakers seem more concerned with their art or their in-jokes than with satisfying an audience
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Where Antonioni's images made you think, De Palma's merely make you blink, and the baroque plot confuses as often as it frightens.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 24, 2006
A well-crafted Hitchcockian-style thriller with De Palma again in top form. It's a mystery why this fizzled at the box office in the summer of 1981.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
One of Travlota's best performances. "Great scream."
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A movie which continues [De Palma] practice of making cross-references to other movies, other directors, and actual historical events, and which nevertheless is his best and most original work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 6, 2004
Of all De Palma's movies, Blow Out is the one I most like to see over and over.
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