Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Saulnier accomplishes something rare here. He has an ability to convey depth of feeling and ominousness without tricks or even musical cues.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 22, 2014
    60
    The result is a film that starts with a bang and ends with a shrug, but keeps us entertained throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 20, 2013
    60
    Blue Ruin is a talented but sophomoric low-budgeter that straddles the divide between genre thriller and art piece with mixed results.
  4. 50
    Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it’s still drivel.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jul 11, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 topVenomous 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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2015
    7
    Blue Ruin is an extremely articulate revenge thriller, with a suspenseful and smart screenplay that packs a heavy punch. A relative unknown,Blue Ruin is an extremely articulate revenge thriller, with a suspenseful and smart screenplay that packs a heavy punch. A relative unknown, Macon Blair, leads the adventure as Dwight Evans - making for one of the best breakthrough performances of the year. Full Review »