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Blue Ruin Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
May 2, 2014
Does a great job of masking how little it has to say about the bloodshed it deals in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2014
By reducing its principals to stock figures in an extended chess game, it ends up providing steady, neatly staged thrills, but little else of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 24, 2014
Mocking vigilante violence while slapping it on in gorgeous splatters, "Blue Ruin" is little more than an archipelago of attacks and retaliations that pay off only in blood spilled and vendetta advanced.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 12, 2014
The principal character's conversations are so flabby that you cannot be blamed for wanting to avoid him.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 22, 2014
Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it's still drivel.
Carlos Arias
Chilango.com
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
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
Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo
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]
John Noonan
FILMINK (Australia)
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin is a brutal stripped back thriller that suggests more great things to come from Jeremy Saulnier.
Stephen Danay
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
The everyday suburbs and wilderness of Virginia come to life as places of rustic beauty and grim reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
May 1, 2014
Fans of the darker side of the Coen Brothers ("Blood Simple," "No Country for Old Men") and Quentin Tarantino should take note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Yasmin Ali
The Skinny
February 27, 2014
Blue Ruin is a revenge film filled with enough unpredictability to keep your attention and violence that serves the story rather than being gratuitous - though it does, at times, make for difficult viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Padraic McKiernan
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
May 2, 2014
Strong suspense levels help maintain good momentum and Blair anchors proceedings admirably. The conclusion is a tad contrived, but there are enough twists and turns along the way to ensure that genre fans will be suitably thrilled.
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
May 1, 2014
Blue Ruin is a low-budget yet highly accomplished revenge thriller although whether you have the stomach for it is another matter.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
My favorite revenge film since Chan-Wook Park wrapped up his vengeance trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
January 6, 2014
The true power of Blue Ruin is its ability to find tension in the little things, not showy acts of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
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
Alynda Wheat
People Magazine
January 5, 2015
Blue Ruin is as tiny a movie as they come, but it packs a stinging punch.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
July 1, 2014
It's a smart, bloody thriller that keeps springing weird new directions on you.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
April 30, 2014
Saulnier's script avoids exposition...the filmmaker reveals each bit of truth only as necessary, turning an otherwise straightforward plot into an increasingly dense mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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