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A Simple Plan

Rated R for violence and language.

R In Theaters 01/22/1999 , 120min.
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80%
Viewer score based on 1 ratings
82%
Critic score based on 28 reviews

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

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Variety
The key differences are in emphasis and tone: “Fargo” is deadpan noir; A Simple Plan, with Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton as Mutt and Jeff siblings, is a more robust Midwestern Gothic that owes as much to Poe as Chandler. Full Review
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. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
When you get the shivers watching this wintry tale unfold, it won't be from the cold. Full Review
Glen Lovell
Variety
The key differences are in emphasis and tone: “Fargo” is deadpan noir; A Simple Plan, with Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton as Mutt and Jeff siblings, is a more robust Midwestern Gothic that owes as much to Poe as Chandler. Full Review
Jack Matthews
Los Angeles Times
The role of Jacob is greatly expanded from the book, and the unsatisfying way that Smith and Raimi resolve the brothers' relationship in the movie is the only major change--major compromise--made in transporting the novel to the screen. Full Review

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