Paramount Pictures | Release Date: December 11, 1998
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Generally favorable reviews based on 51 Ratings
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PatrickDunneAug 23, 2005
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.
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AgentJohnsonFeb 26, 2011
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 theThis 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
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DirigiblePulpJan 31, 2017
Tense and riveting. The ending is a bit too sudden and not fully formed. It makes sense but doesn't quite make you feel the inevitability and disaster of it all.

This and The Gift are very similar Raimi movies. They are thrillers, not horror
Tense and riveting. The ending is a bit too sudden and not fully formed. It makes sense but doesn't quite make you feel the inevitability and disaster of it all.

This and The Gift are very similar Raimi movies. They are thrillers, not horror movies, within that same wheelhouse, and they both lack his personal touch. They both feel a bit like he goes too flat and safe. He doesn't quite figure out how to bring himself into the Hollywood thriller mold.
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Andys_ReviewsDec 17, 2012
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 BridgetAll 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 Expand
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SpangleJul 4, 2015
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 inOverall, 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
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Compi24Nov 9, 2015
A riveting departure for director Sam Raimi, "A Simple Plan" is a harrowing cautionary tale featuring some stunning cinematography and one of Billy Bob Thornton's greatest performances.
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