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Blood Simple Reviews

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March 13, 2017
What a way to start a career! Up there with Fargo for me. Definitely see this.
Super Reviewer
February 28, 2017
Blood simple is a noir film with all the familiar ingredient except there are countless of twists. This is Coen brothers' first feature film, they've got what it takes to make masterful works at such an early age.
February 24, 2017
What interests me most is the way that the film presents itself, which is as a simple, cut-and-dry Southern fried thriller. However, this movie is a total rabbit hole. The farther you go, the more complicated things get, and the more you want.

The Coen brothers announced their arrival as meticulous, reclusive artists with an eccentric flare with their sophomore film, "Raising Arizona". No one is arguing that, but don't turn your eyes away from "Blood Simple", because this wild thing is as perfect a film as you're likely to see. It's that rare moment in cinema where I can't think of a single thing that I would change.
February 18, 2017
Most directors debuts are normally forgotten about or just severely underrated. When you think about the Coen brothers films, what probably comes most to mind are raising Arizona, Barton fink, Fargo, the big lebowski and o brother, where art thou? This is one generally forgotten about, and that's a real shame. The cast is one of a kind, the story and script is excellent and the violence is brutal but slick and stylish. This is the precursor to all Coen brothers films. With darkly humorous bits, brutal violence and heavy use of profanity, it's all what everyone expects for another excellent Coen brothers film that hits the nail on the head.
December 11, 2016
Saw this movie 32 years after its theatrical release (kind of sad considering I claim to like the Cohen brothers' films). This one was just okay. It feels dated, definately has an 80's taste. It's dark, visually and in subject matter. It's not polished...gritty and graining even; likely due to lower budget. Reflecting, I didn't really like any of the characters, which made it difficult to invest too much into the story. M. Emmet Walsh was the highlight as an unassuming but quite scary villain that I'll not soon forget.
November 7, 2016
Very well executed, as you'd expect even from the early Coen brothers. It's a bit pointless.
September 24, 2016
Goddamn, what a movie. It goes from a simple love triangle to a gradually and genuinely terrifying movie in an hour and a half. What's genius about it, and what makes most Coen Brothers movies so genius, is the sheer weight of pointlessness as a motivation- everybody's dying horrifically, or being scarred for life, and its just because of a series of misunderstandings and mistakes. It -was- simple, it -could- have been simple, but instead it becomes this nightmare of details that could have gone any which way but instead everything lined up for the jackpot of death. Loved the last scene as well, what a last sight to see just before you die to really drive in how pointless your life was and everything was.
½ July 25, 2016
Awesome. A bit slow at first but really comes together! A classic Cohen Brother's story.
July 8, 2016
The Coens' first film is perhaps their least polished venture, but it still stands as a terrific debut for cinema's most creative filmmaking duo.
½ May 25, 2016
'Blood Simple' makes for a strong debut for Joel and Ethan Coen, even if it may not be their greatest film. The intensity is always present, and the characters are quirky, yet believable. Walsh and McDormand are fantastic.
May 24, 2016
A taut thriller that certainly proves even at an early point in their careers, the Coen Brothers could still make a fine movie.
½ April 18, 2016
The Coen Brothers first feature film. I'd been meaning to get to this one for a while now. As expected, it was as awesome as you'd expect from a Coen bros. picture. Not much to say about it though, as the entirety of the awesomeness had to do with the style of the noir-esque look and feel of it and the subtle choices in the direction. Definitely not the bros most memorable, but it was nevertheless better than most movies around.
April 16, 2016
Abby (Frances McDormand) and Ray (John Getz) are having an affair. When the husband (Dan Hedaya) finds out, he hires a PI (M. Emmet Walsh) to murder them. In a dark and slow manner the plot unfolds as the characters interact for their lives. Double Crossings, Murder, and guilt all transpire in this film featuring solid performances. Blood Simple was a great start to the serious side of the Coen Brothers and is a fans of their films should not miss it.
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2016
I found most of it boring, but the ending pretty much redeemed the entire film.
March 19, 2016
Still an excellent movie.
March 9, 2016
Funny, violent, and filled with extremely tense moments, Blood Simple is a great noir film with that certain Coen Brothers quirkiness that is a good time to watch at any moment.
February 27, 2016
An exceptionally well-made debut from the Coen Brothers. The gorgeous cinematography and deft style fills this confusion-filled story with awesome power.
February 16, 2016
Tight, mean, funny, and violent. A great example of the Murphy's Law Thriller. Debuts don't get much better.
February 10, 2016
Fascinating debut from the Coen Brothers. It's a film in which the characters are so stupid that you find yourself repeatedly telling them out loud to stop doing what they're doing, as if you're watching a poorly-made horror B-movie. What makes it fascinating, though, is that the stupid characters don't make it a bad movie. Despite the fact that each of them seems to be trying to out-stupid the others, the Coen Brothers still somehow manage to make a captivating story in which the suspense and tension feel very real.
½ February 8, 2016
This was the Coen brother's first feature film and includes many of the elements that are distinctive in all of their films: irony, eccentric characters, unusual circumstances, and quality writing. It has very much a film noir vibe to it and has this exlcusive, bleak, underworldly presentation of Texas, like No Country for Old Men (also a Coen brothers movie) and the cult classic action exploitation Rolling Thunder. This movie is often overlooked and completely underrated. A masterpiece, one of the best murder/drama movies from the 80's.
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