Blood Simple Reviews

Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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January 14, 2013

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

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: A
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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October 13, 2009

Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.


Entertainment Weekly
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November 24, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: A
Variety Staff
Variety
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September 5, 2008

An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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November 6, 2007

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

Tom Milne
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

A remarkably assured debut for Coen.

Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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-
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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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.


Ebert & Roeper
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April 8, 2003

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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

Rolling Stone
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October 30, 2001

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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October 30, 2001

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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October 30, 2001

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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October 30, 2001


Ebert & Roeper
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October 30, 2001