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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    [Raimi]'s drawn lovely, complex performances from Paxton and Thornton and proven that he can work effectively -- and movingly -- in a minor emotional key. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The plan in A Simple Plan grows exponentially complex once the first dollar is purloined, an act that makes this unpretentious parable one of the season's better 'what's-going-to-happen-next?' movies. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a Master "Plan." show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the year's best films for a lot of reasons, including its ability to involve the audience almost breathlessly in a story of mounting tragedy. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The characters are at the heart of A Simple Plan, and the gruesome complexity of their interaction elevates this film to the level of a midwinter treat. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Sensitive performances and intelligent storytelling keep the sometimes-violent tale involving from start to finish, marking a giant step for director Raimi, previously known for action stories and over-the-top fantasies. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Works a familiar mine and produces more than a few nuggets. It's a good tonic, if one's still needed, for '80s-style cynicism: Greed is not good. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    But the stuff looks like what it is -- trite imagery grafted over the narrative barrens, like a bad weave on a balding pate. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Thornton's Jacob initially comes across as the love child of Elmer Fudd and Butthead, but ends up as the best role he's ever had. show more

  • April 06, 2009 xxAMANDERFxx
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    Amazing movie...very edge of the seat action and twists!

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