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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28

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  1. Apr 27, 2014
    8
    A modern reinvention of the Hatfields and the McCoys - but with the unlikeliest of protagonists. I love it when the casting director departs from the norm and casts someone that brings an entirely different feel to a movie than you would expect when it kicks off. This dude is masterful. And the supporting actors are uniformly excellent.
  2. May 3, 2014
    8
    This was a good, if not utterly perfect movie. It's tightly wound and packed with suspense, but there were a few moments that hung. The movie was shot beautifully and the lead actor Macon Blair turns in a genuine, powerful performance. Overall, it's worth a watch.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Apr 28, 2014
    5
    Boring, slow and obvious plot. There is only one scene that everybody likes that is masterfully done. But the famous scene was done first in Red State by Kevin Smith, so it looks like this director just copied it. Even if this will never become a cult classic, it is obvious that the director will become another big name in Hollywood soon.
  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 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. May 9, 2014
    8
    A menacing tone permeates this small independent film as we follow an unlikely gun toting protagonist on his mission of revenge. The screenplay is laced with black humour and before its bloody conclusion provides more than a few twists and turns along the way. It's all executed to heart pounding effect and there are some shockingly gruesome moments that elicit audible gasps. It does feel longer than its mere 90 minutes but, if it ultimately lacks greatness, it still ends up being a very accomplished thriller. Expand
  8. 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
  9. Apr 29, 2014
    4
    A good solid indie pic about murder and good old fashioned American revenge. BLUE RUIN lacks subtext to make as it insightful as it clearly wants to be but director, writer, and dp, Jeremy Saulnier displays talent especially in his direction of best friend Macon Blair who doesn't really have the presence to hold this film together. Again, BLUE RUIN is a good solid indie that is always full of surprises. For example, Eve "Jan Brady" Plum pops up in a small role. You respect the effort and the talent, you just wish it offered much much more. Expand
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
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: Barbara VanDenburgh
    May 8, 2014
    80
    Blue Ruin is a movie about revenge, but it reaches far past the bottom-shelf titillations of fantasy to tell a richer, character-driven story with a protagonist who's less avenging angel than ghost.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Gamble
    May 3, 2014
    80
    A nefarious misadventure that's technical prowess and heartbreaking lead performance belies its economical pedigree, Saulnier's farcical tale is punctuated with irregular scenes of dark, bumbling humour whilst a wanton disregard for the bellicose testosterone of similar tales successfully constructs a tense and naturally opaque mood that broods with the clammy tension of an impending storm.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 3, 2014
    80
    There’s nothing Saulnier does better here than unveil his premise and bring the siblings together for their handful of scenes, but his film remains deftly shot and dynamic to the end.