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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A remarkably assured debut for Coen.
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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+
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 8, 2003
The Coens, then as now, are alive to the possibilities of movies. So savor their technique and the sizzling performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2003
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 8, 2003
From first shot to last, the Coens seldom miss an opportunity to suggest that theirs is a movie made by evolutionarily advanced life-forms touring a primitive planet.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Rolling Stone
October 30, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 30, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
October 30, 2001