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Blow-Up Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This is a fascinating picture, which has something real to say about the matter of personal involvement and emotional commitment in a jazzed-up, media-hooked-in world so cluttered with synthetic stimulations that natural feelings are overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5