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Blood Simple Reviews

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Matt Prigge
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
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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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
June 29, 2016
It's a trailblazing masterpiece in any form.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
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.
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
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
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 28, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2009
Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.
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Variety Staff
September 5, 2008
An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A deadpan gothic thriller best described as the steamy, hardboiled fiction of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain filtered through two film-school brats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 6, 2007
As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Blood Simple isn't bad, just self-consciously poky and austere -- a James M. Cain homage, rural-art-film division.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A remarkably assured debut for Coen.
Emanuel Levy
April 15, 2006
A stunning debut, and arguably one of the Coens' two best features, this Gothic noir introduced the wry, sardonic, and playful approach that would shape their future work, and launched the screen career of the brilliant Frances McDormand.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
April 7, 2006
The script is so tight you can feel it screwing into the back of your neck.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.
| Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 28, 2005
Com um estilo marcante já no filme de estréia, os irmãos Coen criam uma obra noir tensa, envolvente e que faz do absurdo uma de suas principais armas.
| Original Score: 5/5
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