Blow (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 6, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With elements that seem borrowed from movies like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights, Blow is pretty much been-there-done-that despite another excellent performance from Johnny Depp. It, also, becomes too sentimental at the end.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Blow can't sustain the high.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A mediocre biopic.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

This is one of the few drug movies where you actually feel a little sorry for the drug-dealing coke-infested lead character.

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David Edelstein

An extraordinary -- and unfathomable -- piece of whitewashing.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Grabs hold of you by the lapels and simply won't let go.

M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Uneven drug trade story has explicit drug use.

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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times

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 Anderson

Depp aside, the acting is almost uniformly atrocious -- although it's hard to make hay out of this dialogue.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is the semi-biographical tale of drug dealer George Jung (Depp), who grew to be the largest distributor in the United States during the seventies and… More
Chris Weber
As far as biopics go, it's not the best, and suffers from the flaws that come with the territory, but, as far as entertaining drug movies (anti-drug movies… More
xGary Xx
The life of drug dealer George Jung is the subject of another engaging performance by Johnny Depp. The film has a lot of things in common with Goodfellas; the… More
Cynthia S.
Fantastic movie. One of my favorite Johnny Depp films....
Jack Hawkins
'Blow' is a horribly dull rehashing of classics such as 'Scarface', 'Goodfellas' and 'Boogie Nights'. The problems are… More
Joe McCall
Are they trying to manipulate me into feeling bad for this scum bag? He got less than he deserved.