Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. The script dawdles, and in spite of a good cast--Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton (who's especially resourceful), Bridget Fonda, and Brent Briscoe--the movie tends to amble around its points rather than drive straight toward the heart of the matter.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    There's something decidedly mechanical about this intermittently gripping movie's bleak view of human nature.
  3. But the stuff looks like what it is -- trite imagery grafted over the narrative barrens, like a bad weave on a balding pate.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    7
    All the performances are very good but I thought Billy Bob Thornton was truly excellent in this. He really nailed his performance of thisAll the performances are very good but I thought Billy Bob Thornton was truly excellent in this. He really nailed his performance of this slightly dim-witted man who is, at heart, quite lonely. Also worthy of note were Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda. Aside from the performances I did find this one didn Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2015
    7
    Overall, this one's best feature is the acting. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton are awesome in this drama film brought to us by directorOverall, this one's best feature is the acting. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton are awesome in this drama film brought to us by director Sam Raimi. While the direction and writing are both strong, the acting truly takes center stage in this film. In addition, the drama between the characters is quite well done and it really takes the whole "if you found milions of dollars in the woods, what would you do" hypothetical question and runs with it, forming a captivating film around that premise. The cinematography is also quite good and really beautiful at times. While A Simple Plan can get a bit predictable and never truly sniffs greatness as a comprehensive unit, it still winds up being a good film that really pulls on your heart strings at times and makes you sad, angry, happy, etc, which is truly what film is meant to do. Come for the plot and director if those are what draw you to a film, but stay for Paxton and Thornton, who steal the show and use it as a showcase for their incredible talent. Full Review »
  3. Feb 26, 2011
    10
    This absolutely fantastic film is one of my all time favorites, with the added benefit of being watchable a seemingly endless number of times.This absolutely fantastic film is one of my all time favorites, with the added benefit of being watchable a seemingly endless number of times. From the opening words of wisdom from the main character,and the subsequent disintegration of the fabric of normal life for everyone involved, it plays out, in a quiet, understated fashion, a sordid tale that bombards your senses with its seriousness, believability and stunning awfulness. Full Review »