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Blow Out Reviews

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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.
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 28, 2001
Much less successful than it could and should have been.
Read More | Original Score: 66/100
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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.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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.
Michael Szymanski
September 27, 2002
Travolta shows he has a sense of suspense.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
De Palma didn't just study the masters; he obviously adored 'em.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 20, 2002
Very underrated thriller. It'll steal your breath!
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
January 20, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Brian De Palma's movies are a stunningly uneven lot, but that might just be because he takes as many risks as he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 1, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It's an effective film mostly because it has a sense of humor and Travolta is convincing as the unlikely hero fighting against political corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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