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75
USA Today
Blast feels positively timely if not downright positive about the human race's ability to endure. Forget radiation. Fraser and folks actually survive three decades-plus of Perry Como music. [12 February 1999, Life, p.8E]
75
Spacek and Walken are pure comic energy.
75
ReelViews
As a date movie or for a solo night out, Blast from the Past offers more than standard romantic comedy fare.
70
Spacek is brilliantly funny, slowly transforming Helen from a nervous 60s housewife into a liquored-up one. I could have watched her in the vibrating fat-burner, eyes closed, lazily gripping a martini glass, for hours.
67
Entertainment Weekly
As pleasantly plastic as its retro-chic sets.
60
Fortunately, the Webber shelter is a jaunty monument to kitsch, and the Webbers themselves are an appealingly batty crew.
50
Variety
A time-warp comedy that starts out kinda "Pleasantville" and gets pretty Tepidsville, Blast From the Past expends scant imagination or style on a fun premise that seems an open invitation to both.
50
Chicago Reader
Demands that we see as coincidental if not ironic the ease with which Fraser cuts a rug at a swing club when he's hopelessly naive about everything else that's being revived in the 90s when he emerges.
40
This bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary defeats their best efforts to make it sparkle.
30
The A.V. Club
The first 20 minutes of Blast From The Past, in which the film actually does something with its central concept, aren't that bad.

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