Dan Bergstrom’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've been putting off reviewing this movie ever since I joined this site. That's partially because I don't feel like I can add anything new to the conversation. This is my favorite movie of all time, and it's pretty much revered by anyone who knows anything about movies.
It's also partially because I'm not as proficient at writing positive reviews. To me, it's a lot easier to write a review of a terrible movie. Like, the movie was bad because the dialogue was nonsensical and robotic. Or the acting was bad because the actors gained and lost their accents repeatedly or the performances were wooden. Things like that. But when I really, really love a movie, sometimes I can quantify it, and sometimes it's more difficult.
Sometimes, it's just a gut reaction. Like, something hits you just right. Or you saw it at the right time in your life. Other times, it's something tangible. In this case, it's a bit of both.
I saw this movie probably like '86 when I was 10. And I'd never seen anything like it. It had Han Solo, but he wasn't playing Han Solo. It was gritty, it was dark, and it was amazing. My 10 year old mind ate this stuff up. When I got older and I watched it again, I saw more and more nuances. I read the book, so I was able to compare and contrast. By now, I've probably seen this movie well over 50 times. I own several versions of it (I still like to show newcomers the original version with the voiceover. I think it helps for your first time, even though it's pretty rough).
But if I needed something tangible to explain why this is my favorite movie of all time, I'd point to Rutger Hauer's brief speech at the end of the film. If that doesn't move you, I don't know what to say. That is my favorite moment in any film I've ever seen. I love this movie.