• Blue Ruin
    2 minutes 57 seconds
    Added: Jan 20, 2014

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Blue Ruin Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Does a great job of masking how little it has to say about the bloodshed it deals in.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: C+

May 2, 2014
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

By reducing its principals to stock figures in an extended chess game, it ends up providing steady, neatly staged thrills, but little else of substance.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 20, 2014
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Mocking vigilante violence while slapping it on in gorgeous splatters, "Blue Ruin" is little more than an archipelago of attacks and retaliations that pay off only in blood spilled and vendetta advanced.

Full Review Source: New York Times

April 24, 2014
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

The principal character's conversations are so flabby that you cannot be blamed for wanting to avoid him.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

April 12, 2014
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it's still drivel.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 22, 2014
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

Fans of the darker side of the Coen Brothers ("Blood Simple," "No Country for Old Men") and Quentin Tarantino should take note.

Full Review Source: Columbus Alive | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2014
Yasmin Ali
The Skinny

Blue Ruin is a revenge film filled with enough unpredictability to keep your attention and violence that serves the story rather than being gratuitous - though it does, at times, make for difficult viewing.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2014
Padraic McKiernan
Irish Independent

Strong suspense levels help maintain good momentum and Blair anchors proceedings admirably. The conclusion is a tad contrived, but there are enough twists and turns along the way to ensure that genre fans will be suitably thrilled.

Full Review Source: Irish Independent

May 2, 2014
Deborah Ross
The Spectator

Blue Ruin is a low-budget yet highly accomplished revenge thriller although whether you have the stomach for it is another matter.

Full Review Source: The Spectator

May 1, 2014
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

My favorite revenge film since Chan-Wook Park wrapped up his vengeance trilogy.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 5, 2014
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

The true power of Blue Ruin is its ability to find tension in the little things, not showy acts of violence.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2014
Will Leitch
Deadspin

It's a smart, bloody thriller that keeps springing weird new directions on you.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

July 1, 2014
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Saulnier's script avoids exposition...the filmmaker reveals each bit of truth only as necessary, turning an otherwise straightforward plot into an increasingly dense mystery.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A

April 30, 2014
Chase Whale
ChaseWhale.com

Revenge is a dish best served with a knife, a crossbow and semi-automatic rifles in Jeremy Saulnier's bloody and brilliant sophomore feature, Blue Ruin.

Full Review Source: ChaseWhale.com

January 19, 2014
Chase Whale
Central Track

Blue Ruin is violent but it impressively avoids the glorification of bloodshed; instead, [director Jeremy] Saulnier deftly shows just how terrifying, unnerving, sad and awful it is to take a life.

Full Review Source: Central Track | Original Score: A+

May 8, 2014
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Blue Ruin is a raw portrayal of revenge that refuses to glorify violence, as Macon Blair teams with Jeremy Saulnier for another punchy indie success.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

April 21, 2014
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

Subtle and heartbreaking, this revenge drama will be hard to forget.

Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews | Original Score: 4.0/5

May 4, 2014
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

[With] Blue Ruin, [director Jeremy Saulnier] muffles the humor with darkness and grounds the violence in a stumbling revenge fantasy enacted by a lost and fractured soul.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2014
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys

Suspenseful and intense in parts, darkly comic in others, there's a brilliant tone to this memorable piece, as Saulnier manages to find the perfect middle ground between humour and morbidity.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2014
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

Blue Ruin is an extremely polished revenge thriller, but it's been buffed so much that it begins to dull in the areas that should be more striking.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 6.5/10

May 2, 2014
Trevor Johnston
Sight and Sound

Saulnier works intelligent and engrossing variations on the revenge thriller.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

May 8, 2014
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