Blood Simple.

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    If you are squeamish, here is the film to make you squeam.
  2. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Hannah Brown
    100
    It's like watching Alfred Hitchcock try to solve a Rubik's cube in a roadside diner.
  3. All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
  4. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    100
    Filled with wonderful performances, especially by Hedaya and Walsh, Blood Simple remains a tight, beautifully ugly, neo-noir classic.
  5. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    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.
  6. I love the movie's originality, its sense of macabre humor, its resourcefulness, and the great Walsh, whose memorable narration kicks off the movie.
  7. I love the unsettling details.
  8. As good as it ever was, and improved slightly by hindsight, experience, and extra cash.
  9. (The Coens have) never again achieved the one-two punch of Blood Simple and "Raising Arizona" - the first darkly cynical, the second light-headedly comical.
  10. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    88
    It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse.
  11. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    88
    This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse.
  12. 80
    Boldly facetious and monstrously clever.
  13. 80
    The Coens' concern isn't emotional intensity but bravura camera moves and chic lighting of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld.
  14. Los Angeles Times
    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.
  15. If you can handle its horror-comic grotesquerie, you'll find an enormous amount of cinematic imagination at work.
  16. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    75
    Grisly, stylish and often weirdly funny, Blood Simple is a reminder of how rarely an original artistic sensibility is announced to the world and how much better movies are when that sensibility is allowed to keep going its own way.
  17. Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
  18. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    All these years later, the film is far more infuriating than it is exciting.
  19. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    63
    It is an exploitation picture disguised as a hipster comedy.
  20. Remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.
  21. 50
    On viewing, the cuts seem negligible, but what is new and clearly improved is the sound, which now booms with each door slam and gunshot.
  22. Revelatory and disappointing.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 31, 2016
    5
    I guess if you lived in a small Texas town where watching the water tower rust is a big nightly thrill then "Blood Simple" might seem worthyI guess if you lived in a small Texas town where watching the water tower rust is a big nightly thrill then "Blood Simple" might seem worthy of high praise. Myself, I found it to be dull. Very dull. The characters all seem a bit dull too, both in the sense of being uninteresting as well as just a bit dense or stupid. The plot structure is less a peeling away of the onion than a series of misadventures in which things get progressively worse, which is usually what happens when a bunch of stupid, dense stupid leap to conclusions based on scanty evidence and then refrain from clearing things up through the use of some obvious dialog. The final scene is just the slightest bit exciting, but the question is whether it's worth sitting through 90+ minutes of relative boredom to get there. I would say catch a few episodes of Seinfeld. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2015
    5
    Though this freshman effort may provide promising hints into the beautiful careers that would develop over time from the Coen brothers, "BloodThough this freshman effort may provide promising hints into the beautiful careers that would develop over time from the Coen brothers, "Blood Simple" itself is an ultimately unsatisfying film with uninspired characters and a sluggish pace. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2015
    10
    Blood Simple. 1984 ★★★★

    Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Blood Simple.” is an astonishing thriller. Both on a visceral level and on a written one.
    Blood Simple. 1984 ★★★★

    Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Blood Simple.” is an astonishing thriller. Both on a visceral level and on a written one. The characters and plots seem to double back on themselves multiple times in a logical way, and that is what I think is the secret to its total success. It’s the type of thriller every character does something in front of the audience that seems the most logical, but with each character doing their own thing, things become complicated, and we know and remember who knows what, not because we can know what is happening, but because we want to know.

    It should be a compliment to any filmmaker anywhere to know your audience wants to know what its characters know, but even then, somehow, someway, “Blood Simple.” is exceptionally interesting. It’s not a long film, running only 99 minutes, but the movie is kind of one long situation, in three different paths. One involves a Private detective, the girlfriend and her lover. The story is about a cheating wife, whose husband pays a private investigator to watch over her. Once he knows for sure, he makes the decision for him to murder his wife, along with her lover. But things don’t go smoothly. At all. It’s times like these I’d rather not reveal more of the story. But believe me, the story unfolds in an incredibly entertaining way.

    The movie is also a neo noir I assume, but the movie is jam packed with rich, superbly quirky dialogue and ingenious plotting that it doesn’t have time to show off its high tech lush camera. But you do see some great light Technics in a bar, the cinematography is not showy, it only does so to be amusing for the audience to know that the filmmakers know what they are doing. It’s kind of a trust thing, confidence in the audience is giving to the filmmakers to try to impress their audience, but sooner or later, they need a story. And boy does “Blood Simple.” have one. It’s utterly fascinating, every character is given rich and dynamic lines that you’ll want to repeat to yourself after the movie’s over.

    The best performances of the movie, by the way, are great. Especially from Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh. Hedaya is the kind of actor who doesn’t understand humor, and is always serious, no matter how awkward things get. And Walsh is a very peculiar one. Saying things and laughing as soon as he kills someone. That’s fascinating to me. And “Blood Simple.” has characters like that. Don’t miss it.
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