Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
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  1. It downplays the effects of George's drug trafficking, not so much on himself and his cronies as on the wrecked lives of the generation of customers we never get to see.
  2. A textbook case of a film that's befuddled by its subject.
  3. This single cautionary tale of how drug innocence gives way to woeful, hung-over experience proves to be way too predictable to effectively caution or even involve anyone.
  4. The real problem is that there's nothing to George but the movie's props.
  5. 40
    We've just been to this party before and we know how it ends, again and again and again.
  6. 50
    A facile treatment of a complicated subject.
  7. If any element takes us through the movie, it's him (Depp).
  8. 50
    Depp aside, the movie is higher on style than it is on substance.
  9. Depp's witty, spare performance gives the picture a poignancy -- a depth of feeling, if you'll allow the pun -- that Mr. Demme's hectic direction and the hurried script by David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes don't quite earn.
  10. 60
    Hopefully ambitious yet hopelessly lightweight.
  11. 50
    A watchable mediocrity at best.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Blew its chance to be an epic drug opera. It's only nostril-deep.
  13. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
  14. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
  15. It's an honest portrayal, but it leaves the audience stranded, without the emotional hook of a character we can care about.
  16. 50
    If as much thought had been expended on character and consequences as was lavished on bell-bottom diameters, collar widths and soundtrack selection, Blow might have been a richer, more intelligent experience, and much more Demme's movie than a carbon copy of other people's.
  17. Only Depp and Ray Liotta (as Jung's father) manage to animate this tired formula.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    One of those movies where you will laugh your ass off at parts, but want to cry at others. Overall very good. Depp, as usual when playing aOne of those movies where you will laugh your ass off at parts, but want to cry at others. Overall very good. Depp, as usual when playing a drugged out crazy guy, delivers an excellent performance. Full Review »
  2. Dec 28, 2014
    4
    Longe de ser clássico como Scarface 1983,porém tem boas reviravoltas e um triste fim. Contando com a excelente atuação de Johnny Depp,PenélopeLonge de ser clássico como Scarface 1983,porém tem boas reviravoltas e um triste fim. Contando com a excelente atuação de Johnny Depp,Penélope Cruz e Ray Liotta. Full Review »
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    2
    Blow is a boring rip-off of Goodfellas, a over the top crime film. Goodfellas was excellent, you know, Blow is just a very bad and boringBlow is a boring rip-off of Goodfellas, a over the top crime film. Goodfellas was excellent, you know, Blow is just a very bad and boring film. Ted Demme works well on the locations and filming, but it all sums up to a piece of druggie crap. Johnny Depp was amazing, witty and energetic for this crap, which I enjoyed. Blow was a bad thriller, it had no sense- a boring movie and a really bad rip off. It sucks, bad. Full Review »