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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The filmmaker works with economy and has a knack for creating a sense of foreboding, which is good because the plot is simply a working out of the old saw that violence begets violence. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The lack of any readily identifiable star - no Cage, no McConaughey - makes Blue Ruin feel even more authentic, more rooted in this frightening world. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Saulnier accomplishes something rare here. He has an ability to convey depth of feeling and ominousness without tricks or even musical cues. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Blue Ruin is a talented but sophomoric low-budgeter that straddles the divide between genre thriller and art piece with mixed results. show more

  • 86
    David Ehrlich

    A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna

    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. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Sparse of dialogue, terrifically ominous and full of low-key, high-quality performances, Blue Ruin is a vigilante tale even haters like me can get behind. show more

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