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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is an exploitation picture disguised as a hipster comedy. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If you are squeamish, here is the film to make you squeam. show more

  • 100
    Hannah Brown New York Post

    It's like watching Alfred Hitchcock try to solve a Rubik's cube in a roadside diner. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    (The Coens have) never again achieved the one-two punch of Blood Simple and "Raising Arizona" - the first darkly cynical, the second light-headedly comical. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    If you can handle its horror-comic grotesquerie, you'll find an enormous amount of cinematic imagination at work. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    Grisly, stylish and often weirdly funny, Blood Simple is a reminder of how rarely an original artistic sensibility is announced to the world and how much better movies are when that sensibility is allowed to keep going its own way. show more

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