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Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production was also his only box office hit, widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. Thomas (David Hemmings) is a nihilistic, wealthy fashion photographer in mod "Swinging London." Filled with ennui, bored with his "fab" but oddly-lifeless existence of casual sex and drug use, Thomas comes alive when he wanders through a park, stops to take pictures of a couple embracing, and upon developing the images, believes that he has photographed a murder. Pursued by Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"There may be some meaning, some commentary about life being a game, beyond what remains locked in the mind of film's creator, Italian director-writer Michelangelo Antonioni. But it is doubtful that the general public will get the 'message' of this film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Inspiring everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Mike Myers, Michelangelo Antonioni's arty thriller remains an absorbing, eerie enigma."
‑ , Total Film
"O rigor estético aqui exibido por Antonioni, somado à excepcional montagem de Frank Clarke, à bela fotografia de Carlo Di Palma e à atuação inspirada de Hemming, garante ao filme um vigor e um charme que só crescem com o tempo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Pop-culture icon that has become a cult classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In Blow-Up [Antonioni] smothers this conflict in the kind of pompous platitudes the press loves to designate as proper to "mature," "adult," "sober" art."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Despite its thriller hook, Blow-Up is less a mystery than a portrait of swinging alienation."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Still thought provoking, fascinating film making."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Blowup forcefully reminds us that even the latest technologies can mislead or betray us."
‑ Jonathan Dawson, Senses of Cinema
"This is so ravishing to look at (the colors all seem newly minted) and pleasurable to follow (the enigmas are usually more teasing than worrying) that you're likely to excuse the metaphysical pretensions."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The natural world is arrayed against the artificial scene; conscience is deployed against convention. If you've never seen Blow-Up, see it now, if only to see what part of the world was like 40 years ago."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Antonioni's first English-speaking film is a seminal work of the 1960s, reflecting swinging London as well as dealing with voyeurism, artists' social responsbilities and other relevant issues."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Inventive, richly styled film, a visual classic."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A fascinating take on the mod lifestyle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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