Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    A riveting first feature of startling maturity and intelligence.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 19, 2013
    90
    Proves a highly auspicious feature debut for Moors and Porto as well as a much-deserved return to the limelight for Washington. Don't miss it.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    The key question is whether this procedural—as in, here we watch killers proceed—contributes to any greater understanding. I believe it does.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    Precision-honed performances and a nonsensationalistic approach distinguish this impressive first feature from French helmer Alexandre Moors, which avoids pat explanations as it offers a speculative glimpse into murderous minds.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    88
    Blue Caprice takes a minimalist, documentary-style approach that proves harrowingly effective.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 12, 2013
    88
    Blue Caprice is a cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Mar 18, 2013
    88
    The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
  8. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 13, 2013
    83
    Washington’s performance is one of the best of the year, a high-wire act that is careful not to dip into survivalist caricature.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 18, 2013
    83
    Moors isolates a well-known drama with the fleeting nonfiction prologue and explores it from the inside out: It's not an attempted reenactment, but it does aim to get at certain truths.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 2, 2014
    6
    This is film that while put together well doesn't deal with the underlying reasons for this evil just to say that John Allen Muhammad felt wronged by society. Nevertheless a worth while effort. B Full Review »
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    5
    This work takes the story of the Beltway killings and strips it of any sentimentality. Like its subjects, this movie is cold and calculated in its study of the perpetrators and their descent into psychopathy. These men were depicted as anti-social in the most diagnostic sense of the term - they were amoral, capable, logical killers, completely confident in their mission to expose mankind to its own demons through premeditated acts of violence. Why then, with such compelling subject matter, did this film feel so long and redundant? The lack of dynamics in the story telling would be my best guess. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    7
    This is an attempt to paint a psychological portrait of infamous Beltway snipers who killed 10 people in 2002 and terrorized Washington D.C. area for two weeks. I am not sure if the authors were successful to answer the question "Why did they do it?" There are many people angry at the world, some of them are trained to kill, whether by State or by themselves, some of them are deranged to different degrees but they do not become what these two did. This couple is not shown as simple evil-doers. A man rescues a stranger, a vulnerable teenage boy, from a suicide attempt. He stands up to become a fatherly figure for the boy, builds up his character, teaches his things, only to exploit him later as a killer or innocent people. No gun laws can protect a society from such people as these or Unabomber, or other mass killers.

    Overall, the movie is very well made, the script, performance and cinematography are solid. It is an impressive debut for Alexander Moors, this is his first full-time movie.
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