Blast From the Past
Blast From the Past (1999)

In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), in Los Angeles. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a plane crashed into the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 12, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cute idea, but not consistently funny.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Blast From the Past saves its best for first.

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

Thanks to a clever script, tight direction, a first-rate cast and the dynamite combination of Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, Blast from the Past blows away the recent crop of romantic comedies.

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Jonathan Romney

Despite its faintly mechanical construction, Blast From The Past is very classy, and the improbable comic duo of Spacek and Walken provide the manic edge. Silverstone is good, engagingly grouchy but Fraser is indeed a blast.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

[A] bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Once the movie decides the air is clear and Fraser begins walking the earth, Blast becomes much spottier at hitting its comic targets and suffers from a bad case of the cutes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Still a cute film years later. One of Alicia's best
Dead Angel
The story was peculiar. But not that bad I guess. I wasn't bored. That could be a plus point.
Michael Edwards
t has some things i like about it like the beginning 35 minutes with the whole, them being in a bomb shelter for 35 years, and i liked some of the jokes after… More
Wahida K
This was honestly a cute piece of Movie. My fav bit was when he checks in the Hotel room. A funny Scene.
Chris Weber
The central premise is fun and kind of clever, even if the film isn't completely a success. The script is okay, but could have been better, I did enjoy… More
Conner Rainwater
It was an interesting concept and a fun movie. Brenden Frasier was good for his role and there were a lot of great moments from Christopher Walken. The story… More