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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
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  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 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
  2. PituG.
    Oct 26, 2003
    10
    EXCELLELNT! this movie is in my all time best list. If there is a movie you need to watch is this one. superb!
  3. YoonC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    8
    Perhaps Raimi's best, a cautionary tale about money and how greed takes on a life of its own. Has wicked sense of irony throughout, and truly suspenseful and scary ending.
  4. PatC.
    Jan 15, 2004
    9
    Look up "cautionary tale" in the dictionary and this film should be named. The story documents what happens when honesty is not instinctive. Like a hit & run accident, once you run you can't simply return and avoid the consequences. The characters are trapped in their initially innocent indiscretion as its implications magnify into a vast and all-encompassing doom. Filmed in the Look up "cautionary tale" in the dictionary and this film should be named. The story documents what happens when honesty is not instinctive. Like a hit & run accident, once you run you can't simply return and avoid the consequences. The characters are trapped in their initially innocent indiscretion as its implications magnify into a vast and all-encompassing doom. Filmed in the gunmetal color of a lonely winter, the artistry of the film confirms that there is a moral winter as well, and both threaten to never end. In terms of implementing the storys' vision, the entire cast is on board. While the story does not need one, its breadth would be greater if a more righteous character was integral to the plot, but at face value and in its art, the presentation asserts that no such person moves in the circles these people frequent. We are abandoned with the lonely feeling that it is not only money but social corruption that falls from the sky onto the unwary. This movie suffers only in that no character ever really gets it. They are living a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, but there is no soliloquy, no tangential admission such as "Always tell the truth - there's less to remember," just a vague and unenlightened Aw Shucks regret. One suspects, should the opportunity for aggrandizement repeat itself, that the lesson has not been learned - the decay is just too deep. It might be a more palatible film if it warned you to not stick your hand in the fire, but it simply grabs it and sticks it in there, then tip-toes away, leaving you to figure out what you should do in the future. Expand
  5. PatrickDunne
    Aug 23, 2005
    10
    This is vertainly not a "feel good" film, but it certainlly is Raimi's best. His goal for Spiderman 2 was drama, but he already achieved it here.
  6. Darkmage
    Aug 19, 2003
    10
    If you missed this little known flick, you missed one of the few GOOD movies in the last 5 years. A truly dark film full of important messages about family and the true value of money. It is truly shocking to watch and learn how fast the lure of wealth can change everyone around you. Great camera work, effective sound and good use of imagery.
  7. 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. 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 itsThis 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. Expand
  8. 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 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,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 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. Expand
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 88
    Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
  2. 100
    But [Raimi]'s instructed his fabulous Style to take a hike, and, working from Scott Smith's brilliantly reconfigured script from Smith's own (much darker) novel, delivers a piece that is severe and disciplined in its evocation of the cold terrors of fate.
  3. It's a Master "Plan."