Blue Steel
Blue Steel (1990)

Jamie Lee Curtis plays Megan Turner, a rookie Manhattan cop whose first week on the job is enough to reduce a lesser woman to a mass of neuroses. Things get worse when psycho Wall Street broker Eugene Hunt (Ron Silver) begins to stalk… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blue Steel's increasingly over-the-top story beggars disbelief, but this cop drama is elevated by an appealing cast and Kathryn Bigelow's stylish direction.

Roxana Hadadi
Crooked Marquee

What Blue Steel captured was a certain moment in the 1990s when the psychosexual thriller reigned supreme, with a blending of sensuality and menace.

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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.

Monica Dorenkamp

Bigelow reinforces narrative conventions even as she disrupts them.

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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.

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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's a fairly run-of-the-mill premise that should've, by all rights, resulted in a generic blank-from-hell thriller...

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The thriller maintains a high quality of production values despite lacking a convincing message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% 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.
Gimly M.
Normally a werewolf movie will have more werewolves in it than this.
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.
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