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Blue Ruin Reviews

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December 24, 2015
It's a dark film, with a sicko sense of humor, that's not for all tastes. But the talented director knows how to keep things tense, taut and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 8, 2015
Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" is a small, quiet film brimming with smart directorial decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2015
Even though at some points it hints at dark humor in a Coen brothers kinda way, this movie is far from making you laugh. [Full review in Spanish]
August 14, 2015
Every shot in this film is carefully selected to bring the most out of this thrilling story. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2015
An umpredictable journey that manages to build up tension and interest the whole time. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2015
Brilliant stroke to have a nebbish carrying out a one-man vendetta against a gang of bad guys rather than a Charles Bronson retread.
January 28, 2015
A lean piece of thriller filmmaking with a potent human core.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 15, 2015
Exponentially inspirational; Blue Ruin is a film that feels like intimate atomic fallout out from an event that radiates through the lives of two families. Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier is irrevocably one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 5, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 5, 2015
It gets uglier. And as it does, the lessons become more apparent to you, if not to Dwight.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin belies its modest means to deliver gripping tension and an unlikely character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 5, 2015
As the corpses pile up, Blue Ruin plays like an ever-expanding Mexican Standoff, death met with death in a sprawling network of violence that implicates a whole gun-crazy nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
Visually arresting, impressively taut and enjoyably idiosyncratic, Saulnier - who did his own cinematography -- marks himself out as a director with a strong voice that we will, with luck, be hearing a lot more of in future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 5, 2015
Understated, atmospheric and compelling, Blue Ruin has an art house indie aesthetic reminiscent of the Coen brothers' debut Blood Simple, and that's high praise, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin is as tiny a movie as they come, but it packs a stinging punch.
January 5, 2015
It is a simple story, sparsely but stirringly told, and Saulnier uses it to make a statement about the terrifying ease with which Americans can arm themselves to the teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
Watching doe-eyed Dwight leave his car keys at a murder scene, bungle a kidnapping and miss shooting his target from 2ft away is a tense and unpredictable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin starts promisingly with a hairy hobo living in a blue, rusty, bullet-holed Pontiac on a Delaware beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin is a brutal stripped back thriller that suggests more great things to come from Jeremy Saulnier.
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