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Brian De Palma's homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's classic art movie Blow-Up (1966) blends suspense and political paranoia when a Philadelphia soundman inadvertently records a murder. Former police technician Jack Terri (John Travolta) makes his living doing sound for slasher flicks. While recording new outdoor effects one night, Jack witnesses a couple's car careen off a bridge into a river, but he can save only the female occupant, Sally (Nancy Allen). Jack begins to suspect something when he learns that her dead companion was a Presidential hopeful. Re-playing his tape over and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perfectly contrasts movies that reveal the truth against those which avoid it - a blood-drenched yet stake-free slasher vs. the far more insidious horrors of all-American living."
‑ William Goss,
"It's a great movie."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"If cynicism were a superhero franchise, Blow Out would be its origin story."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Film Freak Central
"In the amazingly hyperbolic finale, DePalma conflates patriotism, dirty tricks, violence against women, and slasher movies into a single sick joke."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"An homage to Blow Up that far outstrips the original in emotional immediacy, political sophistication, and visual style."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This 1981 release is one of Brian De Palma's more interesting and better-made thrillers, though it's even more abjectly derivative than his Hitchcock imitations."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Where Antonioni's images made you think, De Palma's merely make you blink, and the baroque plot confuses as often as it frightens."
‑ , Time Out
"The final moments of Blow Out are among the most shocking and powerful of De Palma's oeuvre, tacking a final note of irony onto a story that is in every other way a straightforward denunciation of power run amok."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"There are some neat performances, particularly Travolta's convincing bid to be taken seriously after years of being dismissed as frivolous beefcake."
‑ , Film4
"Original for sure story of Travolta's movie sound effects guy recording a real murder."
‑ Steve Crum,
"With attractive leads and a stylish flair for suspense, De Palma misses sustaining involvement by his distracting allusions to prior films."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A movie which continues [De Palma] practice of making cross-references to other movies, other directors, and actual historical events, and which nevertheless is his best and most original work."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Blow Out integrates De Palma style with narrative urgency and thematic consistency better than any of his films."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A forgotten gem."
‑ Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine
"Blow Out is not known as one of Brian De Palma's horror movies, but of all his films, it's the one that feels most like a nightmare."
‑ Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine
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