Blood Simple Reviews

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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 28, 2011
Essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2006
| 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+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 31, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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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-
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Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2003

Boxoffice Magazine
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October 30, 2001

Empire Magazine
October 30, 2001
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Rolling Stone
October 30, 2001
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 30, 2001

E! Online
October 30, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
October 30, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 30, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2001
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