Catchy and efficient entertainment, occasionally gripping in its detail.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
It's one of the few major releases so far this year that is worth a grown-up's time.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Makes you wonder, just a little, what it was about Blow that made it a 'go' project.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Languishes nondescriptly in a vast powdery wasteland, somewhere between Boogie Nights and Scarface.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
The panorama is funneled through the experience of an increasingly dull character.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Very little about this druggy drama works as intended.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
An indelible portrait of one decent man's blown life.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Initially buoyant and flavorful, pic grows less distinctive as Jung's rise-and-fall saga hits the downhill slope.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Blow can't sustain the high.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Ernest Hardy - Film.com
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing.
David Edelstein - Slate
The movie boasts an uncommon level of intelligence to go along with the fine craftsmanship.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous, this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The problem with Blow is not so much that a film was made about a drug dealer as that once that opening section's energy has dissipated, no one could find a way to make the proceedings of even minimal interest.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Uneven drug trade story has explicit drug use.
M. Faust - Common Sense Media
Johnny Depp gives a spellbindingly naturalistic performance that puts a sympathetic face on a powerfully individualistic man unable to shake a world of crime that brought him immense riches and eventually cost him everything he caredabout.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Does the movie make us care? Not really, which is the movie's basic problem.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Comes off like a flamboyant cartoon, another film about the deglamorization of glamorous people living it up in the glamorous world of drugs.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Blow isn't really a classic, but it's a sobering story well-told.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Dean Essner - Time Out
Johnny Depp stars and, despite some pretty awful makeup, nails his performance as George Jung.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Rambling and confused, the film shows much concern for plot and not enough for characterization, particularly in second half which unfolds as a catalog of events. Misdirected, the usually reliable Depp gives a confused and scattered performance.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Tiene una edicion maravillosa, la fotografia es notable y la direccion bien lograda.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
A worthy companion to Traffic, which isn't all it's cracked up to be, either.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Overall, Blow just blows.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Mac Verstandig - Entertainment Insiders
Stacie Hougland - Hollywood.com
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Matthew Bond - Daily Mail [UK]
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
The biggest problem with Blow is that Jung is such a complete moron.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
...so kicky and exuberant, you'll find yourself ignoring how fundamentally botched it is. It's a mess, but a glorious mess.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
I was wondering how I would feel about [Jung] at the end of the movie. My answer was this: I felt indifferent.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Con un argumento inteligente y buenas actuaciones, es uno de esos filmes altamente recomendables que nadie debe dejar de ver.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
The first two-thirds of the film fuse together the high-impact operatics of director Brian DePalma's "Scarface" and the in-your-face style of "GoodFellas"...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Nao posso negar que Profissao de Risco e bem-sucedido: seu protagonista desperta simpatia. Isso e motivo de orgulho? Duvido muito.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
There will certainly be worse films in theaters this year....but there will be none so tedious as Blow.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
While "Blow" certainly has its moments of greatness, it tries too hard to sell us a product we would have bought had they not pushed it too hard.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
All I have to say is, poor Georgie.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The story here is intriguing, but there is something hinted at in between the plot that really struck me.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Jeremiah Kipp - Flipside Movie Emporium
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Aspirations are well and good, but only if you've got the talent to back them up.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
While it's tough to buy Jung as such a nice guy when he runs with hardcore, murdering drug traffickers, Johnny Depp proves to be one heck of a salesman.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Depp, an actor of terrific intelligence, insight and range, easily transforms himself from peppy youngster to sad, shambling failure.
Michael Thomson - BBC
What makes the film eminently compelling is Depp's superlative lead performance.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
Shoots itself in the foot with one wrongheaded turn.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A film has to try much harder to get me to pity who's wallowing in a bed of his own making.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Depp lends a touch of class to this inherently stale stuff by playing Jung with his trademarked understatement.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Depp works hard but we never get a clear view of George Jung, other than that of an aged boy.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Penelope Cruz usually mesmerizes, but here she's playing such a one-dimensional shrew that her beauty and charm count for little.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Well-made and entertaining, exhibiting none of the depressing, reverential passivity that often mars biopics.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
"BLOW certainly doesn't blow."
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Dean Essner - Ebert & Roeper
Depp is good, albeit a bit prosaic; however Liota commands.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
an aspiring epic that is much like George Jung himself, who admits in a voice-over narration near the end that his aspirations were greater than his talent.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
We've just been to this party before and we know how it ends, again and again and again.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Blow has a **** opening followed by 90 minutes of *1/2... Blow limps to its end, in a long slump after a quick rush, a bit, I guess, like cocaine.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
The last half of the movie blew.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Jung is portrayed very sympathetically in the story, maybe to a fault.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Well made and engaging.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A mediocre biopic.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
A flat, rather uninvolving cautionary tale that manages to take a pretty compelling true story and turn it into standard-issue television fare.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
It certainly may be true that Blow doesn't break new cinematic ground, but we've never seen Johnny Depp take on a role quite like this before. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The ending is a heartbreaker, pure and simple.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The movie never delivers the highs promised by its ad campaign.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Despite opening very strong, after the film's first third, this biographical drama fades badly in the 80 minutes or so that follow and ends with one of Hollywood's oldest cliches.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Individual parts are great, but drug tale fails to connect.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Depp aside, the acting is almost uniformly atrocious -- although it's hard to make hay out of this dialogue.
John Anderson - Newsday
Has a dusty, encyclopedic feel to it.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Demme's movie brilliantly captures the exhilaration of George's life.
F.L. Carr - PopMatters
The kinetic energy built into the story is explosive enough to keep us high and hooked on a feeling.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Blow fades a bit in its second half, weighed down by a need to closely follow Jung's life. But even then, the actors are so compelling that it's just a mild discomfort.
John Zebrowski - Seattle Times
What works best in "Blow" is how well the cast embodies the characters, and how elaborately the plot uses them.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
For the most part a very well-produced HBO movie.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Depp, as usual, gives a subtle, textured performance, and the supporting cast is good, especially Rachel Griffiths and Ray Liotta as Jung's parents.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Many of us would be satisfied to watch him watch paint dry. But his George is merely adequate, falling between verite and the knowing parody that drove his Ed Wood and Hunter S. Thompson.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
A rather banal portrait of an insipid guy who got rich selling nose candy and lived to regret it.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
An engrossing, tautly structured portrait of life in the cocaine trenches of 20 or more years ago.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Often wryly, ironically funny as well as achingly tragic.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Ambitious but repetitive.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Blow is strong in characters, acting, and its ability to provoke thought.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Blow is not only moving, it moves.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
Blow is enjoyable, thought provoking and sometimes heartbreaking, but like its touted product, it leaves you wanting more.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
With a stylishly retro look (bad hair and all), director Ted Demme forgoes Traffic's seriousness for a good time.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A dizzyingly seductive criminal whirlpool of money and drugs that sucks the audience in.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Quite impressive in size, scope and delivery.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Depp's performance alone is well worth the ticket price.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Like the idea of different actors putting on a production of a classic play, Blow succeeds where it needs to.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Interesting, isn't it, that we wind up feeling sorry for a guy that caused so much havoc in the U.S.?
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Watching the film's third act is like flipping channels between the brilliant Frontline special on the drug trade -- which featured extensive interviews with Jung himself -- and an episode of Miami Vice.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
...a sanctimonious and doughy look at a man who in the end just isn't very interesting.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
There are laugh-out-loud interludes, and some of Depp's stunned reaction shots are priceless.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
Although it is an easy movie to enjoy, it isn't especially challenging or insightful.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The acting is brilliant.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A watchable mediocrity at best, too unimaginative to find resonance anywhere in a huge and destructive cultural phenomenon, and too sloppy to care.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
While too animated to ever be boring, winds up feeling embarrassingly banal.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
In spite of familiarity, Blow ends up making an impression that lasts.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
The performances of Cruz, Paul Reubens, and, particularly, Ray Liotta and Rachel Griffiths, as Jung's working-class parents, are pure camp.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
The glossy look of Blow can't cover the rot at its core.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
[Demme's] film not only cumulatively builds an enormous emotional power, it comes together to be considerably more than the sum of its parts.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A collision of Death of a Salesman with Scarface.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Even Depp can only get so much from a character defined by his smile, long hair and addiction to drugs.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A cool and clever pastiche of Scarface mingled with Goodfellas, wrapped in the polyester playfulness of That '70s Show. Whether this description serves as a beacon or a warning is up to you.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Won't blow you away, but it's a highly watchable morality tale.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As a flaming hairstylist/drug middleman, Reubens is the most entertaining thing here.
Dave White - IFilm
Blow takes great pains not to make any moral judgments about Jung's choices in life, but it does make the very great mistake of asking us, in the end, to feel sorry for him.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The production comes off as little more than a variation of a well-worn theme.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
This chilling, disturbing, coke-drenched caper gets under your skin in its assertion that there's simply no way to stop the importation of drugs into this country.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The picture we get of Jung and his world seems incomplete and painfully dishonestly biased.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Depp does an amazing job of portraying such a complex man.
Alex Keen - Trades
Depp brilliantly inhabits his character.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
A surprisingly flat and pedestrian treatment of a potentially intriguing story.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The climax is a paean to the cheesy melodrama.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
It's got all the great music and silly clothes you'd expect from a period film like this.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Kudos to Ted Demme for taking the material and turning into an entertaining and touching vehicle.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It feels endless, and ultimately it becomes less an adventure story and instead a whiny melodrama.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
In a movie about the socially derived rather than criminal creation of appetite and hunger, it is the raw, open wound of Jung's life that serves up revelations.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
A mature, emotionally resounding film that could have easily been released in December and garnered several Oscar nominations.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com