Blow-Up (1966)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 18, 1966
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Michelangelo Antonioni's film is an inquiry into the modernist concern of what art is and how it affects life.

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Pauline Kael
The New Republic

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.

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Dustin Putman

At once provocative and mystifying, dazzlingly immersive and utterly remarkable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Penelope Houston
The Spectator

This remains a failure for which I would trade ten successes: a totally absorbing experience on the screen, a film of deceptive, tricky surfaces and cold perceptions.

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Bob Stinson
There is this one camera sequence that I love. Towards the end of the film the David Hemmings character goes back to the park to find the body gone. From his… More
Conner Rainwater
A lot of people say that this is Michelangelo Antonioni's best movie and also far superior to Brian DePalma's semi re-imagining. I would have to say… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Antonioni exhibits a wonderful eye for colors, shapes and stunning compositions, benefiting mostly from David Hemmings' impeccable performance and Carlo di… More
Cassandra Maples
Antonioni's Blow-Up was the biggest hit of the Italian director's career, the superficial elements of the fashion world, Swinging London and orgies on… More
Kevin M. Williams
A well to-do artist finds that being well to-do doesn't forego the suffering latent in the job description: there are endless streams of pretty young… More
Aj V
I was so confused by this movie. I know it has to do with a photographer who thinks he's taken a picture of a murder, but after that, I get lost.… More