A Simple Plan Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
[Raimi] austerely rejects hyped-up camera tricks and jokey shock effects and creates living, complex characters whose fates we care about. The result is easily his finest film to date.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A Simple Plan is lean, elegant, and emotionally complex - a marvel of backwoods classicism.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
July 13, 2009
powerful, if pedestrian
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
Variety
July 22, 2008
Perfect capers gone horribly, inexorably awry have always kept audiences squirming. But just when we think we've seen it all, Raimi offers a few new wrinkles.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 31, 2007
It's been done before, and Raimi doesn't do it much differently or put his own stamp on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Raimi takes the old story about dishonour among thieves and renders it fresh through the calm, cool, steady assurance of the telling.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A great film, and a major leap forward in the career of Sam Raimi.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
October 27, 2005
A pre-Spiderman Sam Raimi delivers a stunningly powerful film about the consequences of greed.
| Original Score: A
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Tenso e trágico.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
What would you do for 4 million dollars? How far would you go to get it? Sam Raimi's brilliant, chilling A Simple Plan tells the story of 4 people that went much too far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Overeager to pile so many possible, psych-lite motivations that nothing holds water or compels us very much... Terribly self-serious.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A smart, scary, suspenseful and heartbreaking morality tale about ordinary people destroyed not by demons but their own desires.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
"A Simple Plan" clutters up the story with unnecessary acts of violence and murder, and mainly stays on the surface, offering little more than cheap jolts of melodrama.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
As each character that we meet systematically gets killed, you care less and less about any of these people surviving.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
It prevails over predictability because of its canny subtlety, depth of character, and literate intelligence -- qualities hardly to be expected from the director of The Evil Dead and Darkman.
June 14, 2001
I think director Raimi wanted this film to be another Fargo, and instead it was more like the first Evil Dead - all Billy Bob's charisma and nought else.
| Original Score: 3
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Unravels sadly in its second half, most of what transpires being utterly predictable, and what is not predictable, simply unbelievable.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop- it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a strong, gut-wrenching, suspenseful film, one of the top ten of 1998.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A very special and uncompromising piece of work. Wrap up warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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