Blue Ruin Synopsis
An ominous piece of news sends a drifter back to his hometown to avenge his murdered parents.
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Village Voice

By Amy Nicholson
As an action film — which in small bursts it is — Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out.
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The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
It’s easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden,...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here.
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By Susan Wloszczyna
The bloody fingerprints of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers — among other violence-prone auteurs — are smeared all over his tidy and...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The lack of any readily identifiable star - no Cage, no McConaughey - makes Blue Ruin feel even more authentic, more rooted in this...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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...
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By David Ehrlich
A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga.
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By Kim Newman
A lean, tough, thoughtful thriller with depth, Blue Ruin establishes Jeremy Saulnier as a promising indie auteur and Macon Blair as an...
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By Justin Chang
A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion.
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grit and determination

By chansleyj
The emergence of the awkward passionate anti hero that almost anyone could identify with. A must see, if only for a change of pace in the "revenge" movie category. Excited to now see their other...



Must see!

By cmhs93
This is a fabulously suspenseful and unexpected movie!...

Was hoping for more

By rockhead21
After a promising set up this film kind of meanders around as the lead character drives around. I was hoping Eve Plumb would have a bigger part but sadly she must have just spent two days on set...

great suspense; tragic

By audreyH_filmstar
must go if you want a good story, suspenseful plot, tragedy, non-hollywood ending and cinematography. substantially violent, gory and intense, so not for the faint of heart. i enjoyed it....

Revenge as a journey not a destination

By Culture Dude
This is not your average revenge flick, where all the backstory is front-loaded and the hero is great with weapons and fighting. The story the unfurls sheds new light on the protagonist's actions and...

Blue Ruin

By sweetiecatjai
I saw this at the International Film Festival in Chicago 10/2013. Seriously this one of the most raw, gripping, well written films I've ever seen!...

Blue Ruin

By dovebear24617
This is a stylish, beautifully shot polemic on how violence begets violence. It is also about the transformation of a man from a lost soul ino a man with a mission of revenge which then turns into a...


By coloradoerik3030
This is an intense and violent movie. Not sure if I loved or hated it!!...

Blue Ruin

By grahamduncan
This is definitely not a Film for kids. Its very dark and has the 'feel' of being truer to life than other revenge thrillers.I believe it has been made by an Independent and all the better for that...

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Rated R | For Strong Bloody Violence and Language