• Released
  • July 7, 1984
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Crime Thriller
Blood Simple Synopsis
A jealous bar owner hires a malevolent private detective to kill his straying wife and her lover.
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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....
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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...
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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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One of my all time favorites

By TheConscience
One of the most important things that makes this movie so special is that it is written and directed in such a way that the character's personal point of view is so perfectly maintained. The audience...

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Rated R | For Gory Violence