Blade Runner opened in US cinemas on the 25th June 1982, amid media hype, and yet proved to be a commercial failure, only just recouping its $28million costs. Reaction to the film was so hostile that director Ridley Scott later commented, “You'd have thought we were boiling babies or something.”
However, despite its initial failure, critical reassessments have steadily become more favourable. It has acquired a cult following, and is credited with having inspired the basic aesthetic of the science fiction sub genre cyberpunk.
Blade Runner is one of only 50 films to be stored in the United States Library of Congress, on account of its contribution to film culture. The British film magazine Empire once described it as ‘a seminal work and an undeniable classic‘.
I believe it's sets the bar for any and all future science fiction movies.