Out of Blue

Critics Consensus

Out of Blue smolders without ever really sparking to life -- which, considering the source material and talent assembled, can only be considered a disappointment.



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The hunt for a killer draws a detective into an even larger mystery: the nature of the universe itself. Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is an unconventional New Orleans cop investigating the murder of renowned astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer), a black hole expert found shot to death in her observatory. As Mike tumbles down the rabbit hole of the disturbing, labyrinthine case, she finds herself grappling with increasingly existential questions of quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and exploding stars--cosmic secrets that may hold the key to unraveling the crime, while throwing into doubt her very understanding of reality. Awash in dreamlike, neo-noir atmosphere, this one-of-a-kind thriller is both a tantalizing whodunnit and a rich, metaphysical mind-bender.

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Patricia Clarkson
as Mike Hoolihan
Toby Jones
as Ian Strammi
Jacki Weaver
as Miriam Rockwell
James Caan
as Colonel Tom Rockwell
Mamie Gummer
as Jennifer Rockwell
Aaron Tveit
as Tony Silvero
Yolonda Ross
as Janey Mac
Jonathan Majors
as Duncan Reynolds
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Critic Reviews for Out of Blue

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14)

  • Viewers who like their mysteries to be solved, rather than merely mused upon, should prepare for bewilderment.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Even if some of the smart-arse tricks don't come off, Out of Blue is always stylish and often compelling.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A twisted car wreckage, but without the element of voyeuristic fascination.

    Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • For one of America's most unique and photogenic locales, the Crescent City is as wasted as Clarkson-so boring to look at that the whole movie could have just as well been shot in Toledo, Ohio.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • A detached motion picture, and it's hard to get away with that clinical approach and still adhere to a thriller format.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Out of the Blue] tries too hard to both be a part of -- and comment on -- the genre of crime stories, and does not succeed at either.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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