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½ February 19, 2017
20 mins in and all the lead character has said is "do you sell stamps" how you're supposed to engage with it is beyond me... Binned
½ February 10, 2017
Jeremy Saulnier is now a must-watch director for me.
January 28, 2017
Compelling low budget movie. Strong direction, story and acting.
½ January 27, 2017
A grungy, gritty indie thriller, Blue Ruin is an impressive showcase for writer/director (and cinematographer in this film's case) Jeremy Saulnier. The revenge tale Saulnier has created could easily follow the same beats as every other film with a similar premise, but he's too clever to succumb to clichés and overused tropes. Instead, the tropes are flipped upside down, and the result is a thriller that, rather impressively, allows for realistic character and storytelling decisions without losing sight of the thrills needed to make this story work as, well, a thriller. Between Saulnier's tight writing, which functions as an organic, dialogue-light piece for much of the film, and lead actor Macon Blair's subdued performance, this is a refreshing take on the story in that the action in the film is largely incompetent. Blair's Dwight Evans, who is seeking revenge for wrongdoings against his family in the past, is a pretty pathetic excuse for an assassin, but in all the right ways. His sloppiness is what really allows for the tension to slowly build in each scene, as well as result in brutality that's as sloppy as his assassin skills. This is, oddly, where the film sometimes falters: the second act seems to forget about this concept at times, but fortunately returns to it in the tense final act. It's a third act that revels in being a quiet climax, focused on deliberate tension rather than loud setpieces. It's impeccable storytelling, and for all the budgetary restraints he faces and his general lack of prior films, Saulnier pulls it off really well.
½ January 23, 2017
Low budget and art house but a gripping tale of the effects of revenge
January 21, 2017
Rare that I go lower than both critic and audience reviews, but i thought this was a very average revenge thriller. Nothing new, nothing unique, and no stand out performances
December 26, 2016
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.
December 20, 2016
It's a slightly strange revenge thriller, mostly because it's an unlikely character who never really grows in stature as events take the various turns which they do. It's nevertheless fascinating enough.
½ December 20, 2016
Of all the great horror movies that came out in 2013 (Oculus, The Conjuring, VHS 2, Dark Skies...), this is the essential one of the year, it's one of the best movies I've ever seen ! Jeremy Saulnier did a great job on his later film Green Room (2015), bu this one is even better, the special effects and acting are all really good, and the cinematography is very raw and realistic. This is another one of these movies that prove entirely that you don't need a big budget to make a great, disturbing horror movie. Recommended !!
½ December 6, 2016
Awesome lightning and direction, and a truly gritty feel to everything
November 26, 2016
What's really fascinating about this movie's action is how real it feels. In most movies, anyone who gets shot just falls down with a blood stain. Here, visible suffering raises the stakes of revenge and survival in a meaningful way.
Super Reviewer
November 24, 2016
A visceral revenge story whose nerve-wracking tension is combined so well with a dark sense of humor as it follows the inept (and sometimes hilarious) efforts of its amateur protagonist, moving in a deliberate, slow-burning pace towards a lacerating conclusion.
½ November 20, 2016
As simple and thrilling as it may be Blue Ruin still suffers from clear budget constraints and a conclusion that feels a bit too wild for this otherwise grounded tale.
Grade: B-
October 9, 2016
If you literally have nothing to do other than constantly check your phone for the next 1.5 hours.. This is your movie. Horribly slow plot.

.... But my husband loved it.
½ September 14, 2016
A great classic American revenge film. Brutal and intense
½ September 2, 2016
Does it well with the vulnerable and wobbly protagonist who's not either of Dwayne Johnson or Rambo while on his quest for revenge. Stunning cinematography. Sincere efforts by all actors. Could have done better on pacing and story.
½ August 30, 2016
This! This is soooo good. Not that perfect evil scheme coming together but revenge as it should be - ugly, hard, all-consuming, soulcrushing and NOT something to strive for.
½ August 28, 2016
This movie is gripping, full of suspance and well directed.
Unfortunately, it feels like it's missing one part of the story, and you can't fully enjoy a good revenge if you don't know what that is for.
August 24, 2016
Really suprising view on revenge genre. Realistic and funny at times, still having tension going on in the background.
August 15, 2016
Blue Ruin is an quasi-revenge flick directed by Jeremy Saulnier which becomes an utterly engrossing character piece about a man who is tormented not only by his past, but events that occur during the run time of the film. Macon Blair who plays the lead role Dwight is guaranteed to take you on emotional roller coaster. His portrayal of the character Dwight Evans is utterly brilliant as he conveys the emotions of heartbreak, depression, and sadness expertly, and shows audiences that both passion and malice can shift the psyche of the most unlikely of people and turn them into a cold blooded killer.
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