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Blow-Up Reviews

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator
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.
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

Total Film
February 4, 2013
Inspiring everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Mike Myers, Michelangelo Antonioni's arty thriller remains an absorbing, eerie enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
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Pauline Kael
The New Republic
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.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2013
Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Variety Staff
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.
Steve Crum
July 13, 2007
Still thought provoking, fascinating film making.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 31, 2006
Inventive, richly styled film, a visual classic.

TV Guide
August 29, 2006
Pop-culture icon that has become a cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
Jonathan Dawson
Senses of Cinema
May 20, 2006
Blowup forcefully reminds us that even the latest technologies can mislead or betray us.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 13, 2005
A fascinating take on the mod lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Speaks to the inescapability of modern man's emotional and spiritual alienation.
Kent Turner
April 26, 2004
Peter Brunette's detailed and entertaining commentary refreshingly acknowledges that, at many points, 'Things don't add up in this movie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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