Blue Steel
Blue Steel (1990)

A rookie female cop is stalked by a mysterious psychopath, who proves to be a prominent Wall Street broker. This visually stylish thriller has been hailed by some for its mixture of suspense and feminist overtones, and heavily criticzed by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Underrated Kathryn Bigelow gem.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A mean and unsavory celebration of misplaced misogyny milked for dollars, a mindless soup of urban neurosis and sexual loathing.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Jamie Lee Curtis makes Megan so appealing and real that the film holds together even when it has no reason to.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Clint Morris

A captivating and thrilling whodunnit....Silver's tops

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I saw Blue Steel 25 years after it was filmed. The story is OK, but I found it plodded along at times. Where is the NCIS lab when you need it?
Dean McKenna
Unbelievable thriller and Jamie Lee Curtis does pretty well with her part.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Jamie Lee Curtis does not look very good in a police uniform. There are some good suspense scenes in this film however.
Byron Brubaker
The movie reminds us again and again that Curtis is a female cop and that there is something wrong with that. Socially it's not normal for a woman to… More
xGary Xx
Jamie Lee Curtis (Carpenter films aside): poor. Ron Silver: poor. Kathryn "Point Break" Bigelow: oh, so very poor. Not a recipe for success.
Deb S
BLUE STEEL is about a rookie female cop (Jamie Lee Curtis) who kills an armed robber (Tom Sizemore) the first day on the job. During the altercation, one of the… More