Blood Simple Reviews

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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

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004

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

| Original Score: 1/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003

Useless update

| Original Score: 2/5
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
Top Critic
January 14, 2013

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

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
November 6, 2007

The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
April 8, 2003

It tells a story in which every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth in which there are times when even the murderers themselves don't know who they are.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 25, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002

The neo-noir debut from the Coen brothers is snappy, cynical and intricate.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002

The Coens explode onto the scene with this blistering neo-noir masterpiece.

| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 30, 2001

A good filmmaker can make grim material watchable, but it takes a great one (or two) to make it fun.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
April 8, 2003

Blood Simple is so derivative -- of Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain and a thousand and one noirs -- that who or what is being ripped off is essentially beside the point.

Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 31, 2005

| Original Score: 4/5
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 8, 2003

We had no idea what we were in for back then, but the film truly did announce the arrival of two major talents.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Milne
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

A remarkably assured debut for Coen.

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
September 5, 2008

An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 8, 2003

Joel and Ethan Coen's spooky tale is still fresh today! They truly opened the door for low budget, intelligent, slow moving films; that real people banter, believable situations all delightfully twisted around a dreamlike state.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 30, 2001

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Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2001

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San Francisco Chronicle
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Top Critic
October 30, 2001


Boxoffice Magazine
November 4, 2001


Ebert & Roeper
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April 8, 2003

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