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Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: The restored and re-edited director's cut of the Coen Brothers' 1984 crime thriller stars Hedaya as a jealous bar owner who hires a nefarious detective (Walsh) to kill his young wife (McDormand).
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    If you are squeamish, here is the film to make you squeam.
  2. 100
    Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell.
  3. All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    80
    Don't miss this opportunity to see a film that many believe started the renaissance of indie films as it was intended to be shown.
  5. Reviewed by: Editor
    80
    The Coens' concern isn't emotional intensity but bravura camera moves and chic lighting of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld.
  6. Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
  7. Revelatory and disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. BillC
    Aug 29, 2009
    7
    A movie that doesn't follow a set pattern and you never know what is next. Bravo!

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