Blood Simple Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
With a strong and stylish debut like Blood Simple, it didn't take a P.I. to see that the Coens were made for big things.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 28, 2011
Essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
November 15, 2009
The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2009
Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 5, 2008
An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A deadpan gothic thriller best described as the steamy, hardboiled fiction of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain filtered through two film-school brats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 6, 2007
As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Blood Simple isn't bad, just self-consciously poky and austere -- a James M. Cain homage, rural-art-film division.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A remarkably assured debut for Coen.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 15, 2006
A stunning debut, and arguably one of the Coens' two best features, this Gothic noir introduced the wry, sardonic, and playful approach that would shape their future work, and launched the screen career of the brilliant Frances McDormand.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 7, 2006
The script is so tight you can feel it screwing into the back of your neck.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 28, 2005
Com um estilo marcante já no filme de estréia, os irmãos Coen criam uma obra noir tensa, envolvente e que faz do absurdo uma de suas principais armas.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Someone please explain it to me: why? What's the deal?
| Original Score: 1/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 17, 2004
Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple, a directorial debut of extraordinary promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
...for all its delirious impudence and film school showiness, it's so clearly a movie made by guys crazy about moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
Useless update
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Stylish shoestring noir, and an admirable filmmaking debut for the brothers Coen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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