'Blow' Critic Reviews

78%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
55%
Rotten Tomatoes:   152 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Catchy and efficient entertainment, occasionally gripping in its detail.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Neither a tragedy nor a morality play, but rather a jaunty, candy-colored romp through a quarter century or so of American pop music, pop fashion and popular illegal substances.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    It's one of the few major releases so far this year that is worth a grown-up's time.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    40
    Makes you wonder, just a little, what it was about Blow that made it a 'go' project.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    Languishes nondescriptly in a vast powdery wasteland, somewhere between Boogie Nights and Scarface.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The panorama is funneled through the experience of an increasingly dull character.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Very little about this druggy drama works as intended.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    Even when the film fails to get deep into George's psyche, it does a fine job delineating his circumstances and his slow, steady fall.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    An indelible portrait of one decent man's blown life.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    Blow is all surface, from its hippie and disco-era costumes to its wigs and makeup, right down to its star's bogus hardscrabble New England accent.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    There's a been there, done that quality to this picture for anyone who saw the far nervier, more flamboyant Scarface -- not to mention the far grittier, urgent Traffic.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Initially buoyant and flavorful, pic grows less distinctive as Jung's rise-and-fall saga hits the downhill slope.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    In its way, this sometimes hilarious, sometimes deeply moving film has more to say about the influence of drugs on American society than the self-important Traffic.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    Blow can't sustain the high.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Ernest Hardy Film.com (Top Critic)
    Blow is funny, immediately and consistently engaging and -- save for its shallow conceptions and shallower portrayals of the female characters -- well done on almost every level.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Tthe movie is higher on style than it is on substance, but one of its strong suits is that it never stoops so low as to lecture us. It throttles by with irresponsible abandon.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie boasts an uncommon level of intelligence to go along with the fine craftsmanship.
    Full Review » 13 years ago