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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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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: 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: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  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. 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 15, 2014
    9
    Great film with really good visual storytelling. The director takes you through the mind of a non violent person broken from tragedy and how his quest for revenge spins his life out of control with unintended consequences. The acting and camera work were stellar. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. 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
    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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  5. Jul 18, 2014
    7
    Una pelicula muy entretenida sin tanto dialogo. creo solo que debes en cuando se vuelve un poco lenta pero es poco .si te agradan las peliculas sin tanto dialogo perfecto Expand
  6. May 26, 2014
    5
    Venomous in it's visual style but a waste of time overall. It begins as a suspenseful, psychological thriller but ends as an over the top action-oriented movie with poor acting. Expand
  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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