Blade Runner
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A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The film still represents the cutting edge of dark science fiction."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"They all plod along while sometimes dazzling, sometimes boring special effects whiz by and Ford's climactic confrontation with Hauer approaches. Instead of tension building, though, things are grinding to a halt, including Hauer's gears."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Blade Runner is one of the most enigmatic yet problematic science fiction films ever made."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"...a hopelessly overrated piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As a display terminal for the wizardry of Designers Lawrence G. Paull, Douglas Trumbull and Syd Mead, the movie delivers."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Blade Runner: The Final Cut plays better now than ever."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A motion picture masterpiece on the short list of Reasons Why This Medium is Worthwhile."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"A quintessential film noir of the 1980s, much underestimated at the time of release."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For all its armor of brutalizing urban dystopia (and, boy, is there a lot of that -- you could fund a war on terror with the fog- and rain-machine budgets alone), Blade Runner has a gooey center."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"This definitive print should be the last little push that "Blade Runner" needs to complete its 25-year journey from box office failure to cult favorite to full-blown classic."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Open the champagne: Blade Runner is finally just the way Ridley Scott wanted it. And it only took 25 years."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It takes a particularly weird kind of sincerity to end a movie that has been for its entire running time an exploration of surfaces... with its most sublime and humane gesture."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A dark, philosophical sci-fi drama for older teens."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"It may be a quarter of a century old, but Blade Runner still seems like the future . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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