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Blood Simple Reviews

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.
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.
January 14, 2013
It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 13, 2009
Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.
November 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 5, 2008
An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.
November 6, 2007
The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
June 24, 2006
A remarkably assured debut for Coen.
July 21, 2005
The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 17, 2004
Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple, a directorial debut of extraordinary promise.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 21, 2004
...for all its delirious impudence and film school showiness, it's so clearly a movie made by guys crazy about moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 8, 2003
The Coens, then as now, are alive to the possibilities of movies. So savor their technique and the sizzling performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
April 8, 2003
From first shot to last, the Coens seldom miss an opportunity to suggest that theirs is a movie made by evolutionarily advanced life-forms touring a primitive planet.
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
October 30, 2001
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 30, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 3/4