Reviews

Nov 13, 2021
Creates a level of paranoia by telling this tale primarily in close-ups and toying with focal depth.
Sep 9, 2021
A visceral film about the nasty business of revenge.
Dec 4, 2020
Unexpected events occur with intensity and force, blood is spilled but never glamorized, and the most unlikely of heroes transforms into a formidable opponent.
Nov 26, 2019
Blue Ruin is not a truly organic story in terms of originality, but its brutal take on revenge and [Macon] Blair's mesmerising performance makes it one of the year's best films that no-one will have heard of.
Nov 22, 2019
For all its chilling realism, Blue Ruin collapses as it tries to fight against the inevitability of its genre and its inability to rise above that predestined path.
Oct 24, 2019
Rather than give away its sparse elements, I'd rather tell you it's beautifully paced, and filled with foreboding; Blue Ruin is a testament to the effectiveness of great acting and direction.
Jun 7, 2019
Blue Ruin is a great low-budget thriller with an original voice and strong, realistic performances.
Jun 6, 2019
Despite a plot hole in the otherwise well-plotted and enticing thriller, it's an ace calling card for its director and lead actor.
May 7, 2019
Saulnier has created a very brutal, raw image of the revenge thriller. He takes it out of the ridiculousness of Hollywood and how big budget films treat the sub-genre.
Mar 5, 2019
It is a straightforward, stark, no-frills story, which Saulnier's script tells with no extraneous sub-plots or characters padding the narrative.
Aug 21, 2018
A well-paced, well written, and surprisingly poignant film.
Dec 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.
Nov 8, 2015
Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" is a small, quiet film brimming with smart directorial decisions.
Aug 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]
Aug 14, 2015
Every shot in this film is carefully selected to bring the most out of this thrilling story. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 14, 2015
An umpredictable journey that manages to build up tension and interest the whole time. [Full review in Spanish]
Feb 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.
Jan 28, 2015
A lean piece of thriller filmmaking with a potent human core.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.