Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic 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: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 25, 2014
    100
    It’s a brilliant, slow-burning American revenge thriller that hardly puts a foot wrong, a work of startling violence and profound conscience that announces the arrival of an exciting young director.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 22, 2014
    100
    As an action film — which in small bursts it is — Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 23, 2014
    91
    Blue Ruin rarely resembles anything but itself. Much of the singularity can be attributed to the film’s atypical hero, surely one of the year’s great characters.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Dec 20, 2013
    91
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 2, 2014
    88
    The lack of any readily identifiable star - no Cage, no McConaughey - makes Blue Ruin feel even more authentic, more rooted in this frightening world.
  8. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    May 1, 2014
    88
    You couldn’t ask for a more unlikely avenger than the ill-equipped sort-of hero of Blue Ruin, and that’s precisely why it’s far, far more suspenseful than the typical violent revenge thriller. It’s also why it functions equally well as a potent reflection on the futility of revenge.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Apr 24, 2014
    88
    Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 24, 2014
    88
    Blue Ruin is the rare film that is nearly consistently tense, the suspense only temporarily subsiding about an hour into the story. It's a welcome respite.
  12. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Dec 20, 2013
    86
    A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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 »