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Blood Simple Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 14, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 29, 2011
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central


Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom

Full Review Source: CinePassion

November 15, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2009
Variety Staff
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An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 5, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

November 6, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 6, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

Blood Simple isn't bad, just self-consciously poky and austere -- a James M. Cain homage, rural-art-film division.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2007
Tom Milne
Time Out
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A remarkably assured debut for Coen.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

April 15, 2006
Mark Bourne

The script is so tight you can feel it screwing into the back of your neck.

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April 7, 2006
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

July 21, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

May 28, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Someone please explain it to me: why? What's the deal?

| Original Score: 1/5

July 8, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple, a directorial debut of extraordinary promise.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 17, 2004

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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...for all its delirious impudence and film school showiness, it's so clearly a movie made by guys crazy about moviemaking.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

February 21, 2004
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

Useless update

| Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stylish shoestring noir, and an admirable filmmaking debut for the brothers Coen.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
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