Blow-Up Reviews

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March 26, 2019
As usual, Antonioni's images have a seductive loveliness. No fashion photographer ever took more glamorous shots, or made London look more inviting.
March 21, 2018
I always liked to think that even the worst film by Antonioni would be better than the best by almost any other director. Now I know that this is so, because I've just seen his worst film, and I was right: Blow-up is still an absolute must.
July 6, 2017
Michelangelo Antonioni's film is an inquiry into the modernist concern of what art is and how it affects life.
April 10, 2017
At once provocative and mystifying, dazzlingly immersive and utterly remarkable.
April 11, 2016
This remains a failure for which I would trade ten successes: a totally absorbing experience on the screen, a film of deceptive, tricky surfaces and cold perceptions.
August 22, 2015
Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film is an allegorical murder mystery whose abstract parameters delineate a society where images are more important, and lasting, than reality.
February 4, 2013
Inspiring everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Mike Myers, Michelangelo Antonioni's arty thriller remains an absorbing, eerie enigma.
February 4, 2013
A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder.
February 4, 2013
In Blow-Up [Antonioni] smothers this conflict in the kind of pompous platitudes the press loves to designate as proper to "mature," "adult," "sober" art.
February 4, 2013
Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation.
March 29, 2011
Antonioni's first English-speaking film is a seminal work of the 1960s, reflecting swinging London as well as dealing with voyeurism, artists' social responsbilities and other relevant issues.
April 10, 2009
O rigor estético aqui exibido por Antonioni, somado à excepcional montagem de Frank Clarke, à bela fotografia de Carlo Di Palma e à atuação inspirada de Hemming, garante ao filme um vigor e um charme que só crescem com o tempo.
July 31, 2007
This is so ravishing to look at (the colors all seem newly minted) and pleasurable to follow (the enigmas are usually more teasing than worrying) that you're likely to excuse the metaphysical pretensions.
July 31, 2007
There may be some meaning, some commentary about life being a game, beyond what remains locked in the mind of film's creator, Italian director-writer Michelangelo Antonioni. But it is doubtful that the general public will get the 'message' of this film.
July 13, 2007
Still thought provoking, fascinating film making.
August 31, 2006
Inventive, richly styled film, a visual classic.
August 29, 2006
Pop-culture icon that has become a cult classic.
June 24, 2006
As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.
June 7, 2006
The natural world is arrayed against the artificial scene; conscience is deployed against convention. If you've never seen Blow-Up, see it now, if only to see what part of the world was like 40 years ago.
May 20, 2006
Blowup forcefully reminds us that even the latest technologies can mislead or betray us.
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