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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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    May 1, 2014
    100
    This smart crime story from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier avoids wading into the waters of righteousness that drown many violent movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Apr 23, 2014
    91
    With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down "Blood Simple," writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre’s heartbeat to gripping effect.
  3. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Apr 25, 2014
    88
    The bloody fingerprints of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers — among other violence-prone auteurs — are smeared all over his tidy and tautly-told Blue Ruin.
  4. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Apr 28, 2014
    80
    A cunning, suspenseful thriller that bears comparison to the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple, Blue Ruin is an impossible-to-ignore calling card from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier. Hollywood awaits.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The filmmaker works with economy and has a knack for creating a sense of foreboding, which is good because the plot is simply a working out of the old saw that violence begets violence.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Blue Ruin is an uneven film, and there are slip-ups along the way, but the tension that settles in slowly like a low-grade fever keeps you with it.
  7. 50
    Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it’s still drivel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. May 3, 2014
    10
    A seemingly homeless man (Arlington native Macon Blair in a touching, nuanced performance) sets out for a revenge that grows out of control.A seemingly homeless man (Arlington native Macon Blair in a touching, nuanced performance) sets out for a revenge that grows out of control. Comparisons to early Coen Brothers are inevitable: a sly objective point of view, careful pacing, interesting observations, understated emotion and abrupt violence. Jeremy Saulnier (also an Arlington native), who wrote/directed/shot shows a mature mastery of style and cinematic confidence that augers well for his future (especially after the mess that was "Murder Party"). Every frame of this compelling film is quietly gripping and intelligent fun. Expand
  2. May 16, 2014
    9
    Blue Ruin is a marvel not because it does anything new, but because it wildly succeeds at taking something that’s been done a million timesBlue Ruin is a marvel not because it does anything new, but because it wildly succeeds at taking something that’s been done a million times before and does it better – and not with superstars or a nine-figure budget or snappy catch-phrases, but with a back-to-basics filmmaking approach coupled with savvy execution on both sides of the camera. The first 8-10 minutes represent the best opening to a film I’ve seen in I couldn’t tell you how long, almost everything that follows demands your attention, and the ending is remarkably satisfying. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2014
    9
    Unknown cast and crew, probably could have gone unnoticed if it was not attended film festivals. Todays Sci-fi and Fantasy cinema worldUnknown cast and crew, probably could have gone unnoticed if it was not attended film festivals. Todays Sci-fi and Fantasy cinema world 'revenge movies' are the most rare. In those, all are not impressive, but now and then a movie like this would do. I am glad I saw this. It was simply a revenge movie that how it looks when horses and desert landscapes were trimmed out of the western genre and of course that set in a modern era.

    Dwight is a homeless who lives in a car. One day he gets a message that the man who murdered his parents is to be out soon from prison. All these years filled with vengeance inside looking for this day finally arrives. He marks his target and goes after it by not thinking of the consequences of it. So the hunting game begins striking one after another shedding bloods between these two foe family. Takes turns and twists before it concludes.

    ‘‘I'd forgive you if you were crazy, but you're not.
    You're weak.’’

    Revenge movie is not a man go and shoot all his enemies down. I saw in this movie the lead character Dwight was eager to avenge his parents' death, but fear in the eyes, trembling hands and amateur killing instinct, totally a realistic appeal. Indeed an excellent performance by the lead man. A simple story, but awesomely developed with every scene. Almost a masterpiece work of this director that quite reflects the Coen brothers style of filmmaking.

    The word 'revenge' needs an explanation why it's taking place and here it won't bother to describe in a flashback, but makes sure that you get the reason behind it. It is kind of tricky to understand, it might be either make-up or graphics, but all those wounds, gunshots and bloodsheds were looked surreal. Kind of running and chasing type of tension movie, whenever those crucial clash happens, it pulls us to our seat's edge. It serves potentially what viewers would expect from this genre. A must see for those who like gore and vengeance themes.
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  4. Oct 12, 2014
    8
    Blue Ruin is a mysterious movie directed beautifully by Jeremy Saulnier. A movie so meticulously crafted,you can say its literally flawlessBlue Ruin is a mysterious movie directed beautifully by Jeremy Saulnier. A movie so meticulously crafted,you can say its literally flawless out of a technical aspect,a shame its not that riveting. Expand
  5. Mar 16, 2015
    7
    This was a pretty good thriller but it didn't fully become what it wanted. It certainly follows a coen brother type of vibe and it has someThis was a pretty good thriller but it didn't fully become what it wanted. It certainly follows a coen brother type of vibe and it has some excellent scenes in it, but it never tries to truly impress. Macon is pretty good in his role seeming like an unstable man who wants justice and protection for his family but he doesn't blow the film away. Entertaining as it is it seems a littlw lackluster in the end. The plot ties nicely together and flows pretty solidly, not taking you away from the sole story it wants to tell you. There is much to admire here and the director may be one to watch in the near future but hopefully he'll pick up from here! Good thriller but not outstanding. I am bent between a 6 and a 7 for this film so i will put it up to a 7 for it being the directors second venture into feature length film but overall i'm really giving it a 6.5. Expand
  6. May 5, 2014
    7
    It's a thriller, and for a thriller, the movie is not bad. A lot of blood, and it looks real, unlike some Tarantino movies.
    A few smaller
    It's a thriller, and for a thriller, the movie is not bad. A lot of blood, and it looks real, unlike some Tarantino movies.
    A few smaller characters are too caricaturish and simplistic. I am not going into the plot not to spoil it. Cinematography is good, and main characters play quite convincingly.
    As for a script, well, did I already mention that it is a thriller? So, do not judge it too hard.
    Overall, if you are a fan of this genre, you will not be disappointed.
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  7. Jul 11, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. another indie film praised to the sky that did not impress. i was intrigued until i found out the motivating factor for dwight's rampage, about halfway through the film. not that his parents' deaths weren't reason enough for him to seek revenge, but there should've been more set up to his rage. he goes from a sorry homeless guy to a calculating killer in about 2 secs. Expand

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