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  • Summary: A romantic comedy about the fallout of falling in love. At its center are two children of the Nuclear Age -- one a savvy, cynical, modern L.A. woman; the other an innocent, naïve young man cocooned since 1962 in a bomb shelter. (New Line)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 75
    The movie is funny and entertaining in all the usual ways, yes, but I was grateful that it tried for more: that it was actually about something, that it had an original premise, that it used satire and irony and had sly undercurrents.
  2. 75
    As a date movie or for a solo night out, Blast from the Past offers more than standard romantic comedy fare.
  3. Reviewed by: Jane Ganahl
    75
    Spacek and Walken are pure comic energy.
  4. 50
    Demands that we see as coincidental if not ironic the ease with which Fraser cuts a rug at a swing club when he's hopelessly naive about everything else that's being revived in the 90s when he emerges.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    50
    Most fun when it's locked up with daddy.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    A time-warp comedy that starts out kinda "Pleasantville" and gets pretty Tepidsville, Blast From the Past expends scant imagination or style on a fun premise that seems an open invitation to both.
  7. 30
    The first 20 minutes of Blast From The Past, in which the film actually does something with its central concept, aren't that bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BethC.
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    This film was endearing, funny, wonderfully acted and lots of fun. Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek shine, and Brendan Fraser is terrific as this goofball but really nice guy who surfaces from a fallout shelter after 35 years and tries to adjust to modern L.A. Some viewers and critics find the plot hokey unrealistic and not sophisticated but hey, it's meant to be a lighthearted movie; it doesn't pretend to make a deep political statement so it's best not to over-analyze. Just sit back relax and enjoy. Expand
  2. GaynorW.
    Jul 3, 2006
    9
    A delightful satire, on cold warriors, the decay of central cities and the loss of sincerity and commitment. It is also a sweet romantic story.

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