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Following the life of cocaine-trafficking pioneer George Jung in a way that recalls Martin Scorsese's Casino, Blow recounts the man's days from his 1950s childhood in Boston to his downfall in the 1980s. George (played by Johnny Depp) begins his life as the son of Fred (Ray Liotta), an earnest breadwinner, and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths), who frequently walks out on them in pursuit of a more fulfilling life. When George moves west to California in the late '60s, accompanied by best pal Tuna (Ethan Suplee), he becomes an entrepreneur in the marijuana business, which soon spreads to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Blow can't sustain the high."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A mediocre biopic."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Johnny Depp gives a spellbindingly naturalistic performance that puts a sympathetic face on a powerfully individualistic man unable to shake a world of crime that brought him immense riches and eventually cost him everything he caredabout."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Blow isn't really a classic, but it's a sobering story well-told."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Tiene una edición maravillosa, la fotografía es notable y la dirección bien lograda."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Does the movie make us care? Not really, which is the movie's basic problem."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Johnny Depp stars and, despite some pretty awful makeup, nails his performance as George Jung."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A worthy companion to Traffic, which isn't all it's cracked up to be, either."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Blow fades a bit in its second half, weighed down by a need to closely follow Jung's life. But even then, the actors are so compelling that it's just a mild discomfort."
‑ John Zebrowski, Seattle Times
"Uneven drug trade story has explicit drug use."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"Comes off like a flamboyant cartoon, another film about the deglamorization of glamorous people living it up in the glamorous world of drugs."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Rambling and confused, the film shows much concern for plot and not enough for characterization, particularly in second half which unfolds as a catalog of events. Misdirected, the usually reliable Depp gives a confused and scattered performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Overall, Blow just blows."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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