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Blood Simple Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2017
A gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 2, 2017
One of the great debut features of modern times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 4, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
June 29, 2016
It's a trailblazing masterpiece in any form.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 29, 2016
Though the film has a few exposed seams, it's tightly composed and beautifully shot in a way that easily rivals more expensive features.
June 27, 2016
There's a simple magnetism inherent in this kind of filmmaking, and the Coens know how to orchestrate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 14, 2013
It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.
December 29, 2011
With a strong and stylish debut like Blood Simple, it didn't take a P.I. to see that the Coens were made for big things.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 28, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2009
The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom
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