• Released
  • July 7, 1984
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Crime Thriller
100

New York Post

By Hannah Brown
It's like watching Alfred Hitchcock try to solve a Rubik's cube in a roadside diner.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If you are squeamish, here is the film to make you squeam.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
(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.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This is not an inspirational drama about finding yourself; it's a Hitchcockian comedy about adultery, murder and losing a corpse.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
If you can handle its horror-comic grotesquerie, you'll find an enormous amount of cinematic imagination at work.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It is an exploitation picture disguised as a hipster comedy.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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