100

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
A riveting first feature of startling maturity and intelligence.
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The key question is whether this procedural—as in, here we watch killers proceed—contributes to any greater understanding. I believe it does.
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90

Variety

By Justin Chang
Precision-honed performances and a nonsensationalistic approach distinguish this impressive first feature from French helmer Alexandre Moors, which avoids pat explanations as it offers a speculative glimpse into murderous minds.
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88

Slant Magazine

The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Blue Caprice is a cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.
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88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Blue Caprice takes a minimalist, documentary-style approach that proves harrowingly effective.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Moors isolates a well-known drama with the fleeting nonfiction prologue and explores it from the inside out: It's not an attempted reenactment, but it does aim to get at certain truths.
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80

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Moors' film is at its best when it worries at notions of how evil is born, fostered and brought to bloom.
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80

The Dissolve

By Keith Phipps
It finds no clear answers, but that suits both the horrific event and this haunting, elusive film.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Blue Caprice only spends a few minutes reenacting their crime — the movie shows us exactly how they did it in just a couple of scenes — because the facts of the case aren’t the movie’s focus. Instead, this lyrical, frightening film is a portrait of a man consumed by self-hatred who decided to take it out on the world.
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76 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.