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Blood Simple Reviews

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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]
November 15, 2009
The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom
July 8, 2004
Someone please explain it to me: why? What's the deal?
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
August 22, 2003
Useless update
| Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2013
It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
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 19, 2017
An accomplished debut from the Coen brothers, and a slick, despairingly funny piece of noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
January 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2003
It tells a story in which every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth in which there are times when even the murderers themselves don't know who they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 25, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
The neo-noir debut from the Coen brothers is snappy, cynical and intricate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
The Coens explode onto the scene with this blistering neo-noir masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 30, 2001
A good filmmaker can make grim material watchable, but it takes a great one (or two) to make it fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 8, 2003
Blood Simple is so derivative -- of Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain and a thousand and one noirs -- that who or what is being ripped off is essentially beside the point.
March 31, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
December 1, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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