Blue Steel
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Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rookie cop who witnesses a robbery in progress on her first night on the job. With her more experienced partner using the men's room, Megan decides to take action on her own. She creeps into the supermarket where a man (Tom Sizemore in a small role) is holding the clerk at gunpoint. Megan gets close enough to shoot the gunman, and calls out for him to drop his weapon. He spins the gun toward her, and she unloads her service revolver into his chest. His gun goes flying, and a bystander, Eugene Hunt (Ron Silver), surreptitiously picks it up and takes it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Blue Steel turns into yet another movie about Jamie Lee Curtis bravely fighting off a bogeyman. It's Halloween 1990. Still, Bigelow's talent cuts through in flashes."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The plot is a little of "Fatal Attraction," a little of "Jagged Edge" and a little of "Wall Street." It works because it's so audacious in combining elements that don't seem to belong together."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Underrated Kathryn Bigelow gem."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A routine crime thriller that surprisingly adds some off-kilter punch to its run-of-the-mill psychological edginess."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Bigelow brings some steely style to an otherwise pedestrian cop thriller. Clever switcheroo on the casting, though."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Short on plausibility but preserving the psycho-sexual ambiguities throughout, Bigelow's seductively stylish, wildy fetishistic thriller is proof that a woman can enter a traditionally male world and, like Megan, beat men at their own game."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A mean and unsavory celebration of misplaced misogyny milked for dollars, a mindless soup of urban neurosis and sexual loathing."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The thriller inadvertently becomes an exercise in erotic violence: Director Bigelow turns the heroine's uniform and gun into fetishism, making her film a field day for Freudian psychologists."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film gets very silly at times, particularly during the unnaturally attenuated final showdown between Megan and Eugene, but it's still enjoyable."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Jamie Lee Curtis makes Megan so appealing and real that the film holds together even when it has no reason to."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"What starts out as a moody arthouse flick rapidly becomes an uneven B-movie yukfest (sometimes intentional, sometimes not), with low-budget concessions to the Hollywood cop-versus-killer industry."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A captivating and thrilling whodunnit....Silver's tops"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Good premise, weak execution. Silver is rather hammy as the gun nut."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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