Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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
    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. 100
    Filled with wonderful performances, especially by Hedaya and Walsh, Blood Simple remains a tight, beautifully ugly, neo-noir classic.
  5. 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. This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse.
  10. It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse.
  11. (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.
  12. Reviewed by: Editor
    The Coens' concern isn't emotional intensity but bravura camera moves and chic lighting of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld.
  13. 80
    Boldly facetious and monstrously clever.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Barton
    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. Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    All these years later, the film is far more infuriating than it is exciting.
  19. 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.

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