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
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Consistently compelling without being truly memorable.
  3. 63
    Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.
  4. Ends up a portrait through a rose-colored lens, turning a social parasite into a Greek hero.
  5. It's an honest portrayal, but it leaves the audience stranded, without the emotional hook of a character we can care about.
  6. 70
    Seductive, funny, whip-smart and ultimately tragic.
  7. 40
    We've just been to this party before and we know how it ends, again and again and again.
  8. Melancholy, haunting and riveting true-crime saga.
  9. Carries little in the way of passion or revelatory charge.
  10. 100
    Scorches the screen with a badass bravado all its own. Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    Funny, immediately and consistently engaging, and -- well done on almost every level.
  12. It's basically your above-average nice drug movie.
  13. 60
    Hopefully ambitious yet hopelessly lightweight.
  14. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Respectable but unmemorable end result may suffer from comparison with the similarly themed, albeit differently angled, “Traffic.”
  15. 50
    Depp aside, the movie is higher on style than it is on substance.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Only Depp and Ray Liotta (as Jung's father) manage to animate this tired formula.
  19. If any element takes us through the movie, it's him (Depp).
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    This is an extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing: a true snow job.
  21. You can't make an epic about a mouse.
  22. 88
    Rarely since the tale of the Corleones has a movie presented such a compelling, sympathetic portrait of a criminal lowlife.
  23. It's a real disappointment: too hasty, too scattered and superficial, and, in the end, disappointingly sappy and sentimental.
  24. 63
    Too soft on its lead character and too willing to chalk up America's drug appetites to the times-that-were-a-changin' in the '60s.
  25. 50
    A facile treatment of a complicated subject.
  26. The real problem is that there's nothing to George but the movie's props.
  27. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Blew its chance to be an epic drug opera. It's only nostril-deep.
  28. 50
    A watchable mediocrity at best.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
  31. A textbook case of a film that's befuddled by its subject.
  32. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    Blow works for a scene or two, then stalls.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    8
    I have always believed, with an exception here and there, that Johnny Depp was extremely overrated as an actor. His good looks, combined withI have always believed, with an exception here and there, that Johnny Depp was extremely overrated as an actor. His good looks, combined with his outlandish characters, often earn him more credit than he deserves. Having watched the film, Blow, for the first time this weekend, It was very easy to see that Depp does in fact have a lot of talent, and can play more than just a Disney character with too much make-up. I though Depp was good in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but he gives, by far, his best performance to date in Blow. For those unfamiliar with this true story, Depp plays George Jung, an American who worked for the Median Cartel and was responsible for bringing in an estimated 80% of all the cocaine in The United States, during the 70s and 80s. The story starts with his suburban upbringing and follows his rise to power and finally his fall from grace. Blow was very reminiscent of the kind of film you usually see from Leonard DiCaprio, and while he would have done a nice job in the lead, even he would be hard pressed to top the performance given by Johnny Depp. In the performance of a lifetime, Depp takes you through every aspect of this mans life with ease and really gave us a rare, inside look into Pablo Escobar's operation. He's paired with the lovely Penelope Cruz, who was a disaster playing Jung's wife. Her performance was nominated for a Razzie, as the worst female performance of the year, with good reason. Throughout the film, She's hard to understand and often times screaming like a lunatic. Her character was a very important part of Jung's life and they couldn't have done a worse job of casting. They needed a good looking Latin American woman to portray the part and Cruz was the top name at the time, but her sloppy performance really takes away from an interesting film. I found Blow to be a fascinating look into the other side of the war on drugs. Often times we only hear about what the FBI is doing, but not about the trade itself. Blow is original, cutting edge, and really a terrific film that shouldn't be missed. Full Review »