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Brutally violent and shockingly funny in equal measure, Blood Simple offers early evidence of the Coen Brothers' twisted sensibilities and filmmaking ingenuity. Read critic reviews

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"Blood Simple" was the first feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. This is the newly restored and re-edited director's cut of the film, introduced by Mortimer Young. The stylish crime thriller premiered at film festivals in 1984. "Blood Simple" begins deep in the heart of Texas, where a jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the saloon owner's younger wife and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea: he follows the two lovers, and...

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  • What holds up best about Blood Simple, besides its vice-tight plotting and the rotten charisma of M. Emmet Walsh's evil, manipulative private eye Visser, is the sheer exuberance of the Coens's visual style.

    April 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Blood Simple is a reminder that the Coens are formalist film-makers first, with keen noses for composition and taut, structured storytelling, as well as masters of black comedy.

    October 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil.

    October 5, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the great debut features of modern times.

    October 2, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • "Blood Simple" becomes a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that's fresh and exhilarating.

    July 28, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Watching this beautiful restoration of "Blood Simple" I was actually struck by how non-bleak it is, how much the strength of the film lies in images of beauty, defiance and survival.

    June 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 03, 2020
    The Coen brothers introduced their brilliant style of filmmaking with their debut "Blood Simple." Their movies are typically violent and gritty, and often comedic (not much comedy here though), "Blood Simple" starts as a simple tale (pun intended) of revenge that spirals in all the wrong ways. And it introduces us to Frances "freaking" McDormand!
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2018
    The Coens' first film was this extremely well-written and well-directed neo-noir that blends violence and humor and relies on an insane amount of misunderstandings and absurdities involving its characters - something that would become their trademark narrative style.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Blood simple is a noir film with all the familiar ingredient except there are countless of twists. This is Coen brothers' first feature film, they've got what it takes to make masterful works at such an early age.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    I found most of it boring, but the ending pretty much redeemed the entire film.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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