Blue Ruin


Blue Ruin

Critics Consensus

Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.



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BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors' Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. (c) Radius-TWC

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Devin Ratray
as Ben Gaffney
Eve Plumb
as Kris Cleland
Brent Werzner
as Carl Cleland
Kevin Kolack
as Teddy Cleland
Stacy Rock
as Hope Cleland
Sidne Anderson
as Officer Eddy
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  • The world doesn't need another empty genre exercise. But as Blue Ruin reminds us, it can always use more filmmakers of Saulnier's resourcefulness, sensitivity and quiet assurance.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down Blood Simple, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre's heartbeat to gripping effect.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Blue Ruin starts promisingly with a hairy hobo living in a blue, rusty, bullet-holed Pontiac on a Delaware beach.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Saulnier is also a cinematographer, and he's in complete control of the film's conflation of human-scale horror and tragicomedy.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Blair, an unheralded actor, carries the whole picture. He's in practically every scene, and his performance is fascinating because in his eyes you can see the character struggling desperately with himself.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

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