Blood Simple Reviews

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September 30, 2020
Moody, tenacious, and sweaty, it is the earliest, and one of the best films from the distinctive duo.
August 31, 2020
Distrust and deviance run rampant, toying with expectations and shattering any trust in consistent behavior from the actors, who are all remarkably effective.
May 3, 2020
One of the boldest debuts and most watchable indie movies of the 1980s.
February 27, 2020
Blood Simple is less than a masterpiece, but it's more than a successful audition for the Coen brothers' talents.
April 15, 2019
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.
December 8, 2018
Joel and Ethan Coen's explosive Blood Simple announced the arrival to the big screen of Hollywood legends the likes of which are rarely seen in this generation.
November 1, 2018
From their very first feature, the Coen Brothers already had their brilliance firmly in place.
January 22, 2018
Blood Simple is certainly a strikingly assured first feature.
October 19, 2017
An accomplished debut from the Coen brothers, and a slick, despairingly funny piece of noir.
October 18, 2017
The script is as tight as it ever was, keeping attention throughout and little clues and subtleties can easily be missed if you are not paying attention - this film demands focus from the very first frame.
October 8, 2017
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 5, 2017
A gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil.
October 3, 2017
With their 1984 directorial debut, the Coen brothers showed the surefootedness with which they would ease themselves into one genre after another, reworking each to fit their deadpan vision.
October 2, 2017
One of the great debut features of modern times.
September 5, 2017
An uneven film in its construction and even something inane in its belligerence towards the enemy against which it is stirred. [Full review in Spanish]
September 25, 2016
Not just noteworthy as the first picture written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this excellent neo-noir also stands as an important film in the development of the American independent cinema during the 1980s.
September 22, 2016
Simpleness and crime have consistently fascinated the pair, who may as well be praying at the temple of Ate...the Coens preach a healthy respect for the randomness and chaos that ensues from our desires. [Criterion Blu-ray]
July 28, 2016
"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 1, 2016
The audience has to work in 'Blood Simple,' and its niftiest trick may not be apparent till the lights have come up.
June 30, 2016
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.
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