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  • Summary: A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Proving an inept assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 22, 2014
    As an action film — which in small bursts it is — Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Dec 20, 2013
    It’s easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Dec 20, 2013
    A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 22, 2014
    Blue Ruin joins “Shotgun Stories” and “Joe” as vivid reminders that however homogenized American culture seems, there are still pockets that are distinct, with people who live by their own rules and their own bloody code.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 20, 2013
    A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion.
  6. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Apr 21, 2014
    By reducing its principals to stock figures in an extended chess game, it ends up providing steady, neatly staged thrills, but little else of substance.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 20, 2013
    Blue Ruin is a talented but sophomoric low-budgeter that straddles the divide between genre thriller and art piece with mixed results.

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