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Blood Simple Reviews

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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
Essential.
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
October 13, 2009
Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.
September 5, 2008
An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.
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
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
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
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
June 24, 2006
A remarkably assured debut for Coen.
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
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