Blood Simple 1984

Critics score:
94 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: Black humor, abundant originality and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's Blood Simple, a directorial debut of extraordinary promise. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility. Read more

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ...for all its delirious impudence and film school showiness, it's so clearly a movie made by guys crazy about moviemaking. Read more

Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle: The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes. Read more

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Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly: Blood Simple is so derivative -- of Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain and a thousand and one noirs -- that who or what is being ripped off is essentially beside the point. Read more

Pauline Kael, New Yorker: It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It tells a story in which every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth in which there are times when even the murderers themselves don't know who they are. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: A remarkably assured debut for Coen. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: From first shot to last, the Coens seldom miss an opportunity to suggest that theirs is a movie made by evolutionarily advanced life-forms touring a primitive planet. Read more