100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the year's best films for a lot of reasons, including its ability to involve the audience almost breathlessly in a story of mounting tragedy.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lean, elegant, and emotionally complex -- a marvel of backwoods classicism.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a Master "Plan."
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The characters are at the heart of A Simple Plan, and the gruesome complexity of their interaction elevates this film to the level of a midwinter treat.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The plan in A Simple Plan grows exponentially complex once the first dollar is purloined, an act that makes this unpretentious parable one of the season's better 'what's-going-to-happen-next?' movies.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Works a familiar mine and produces more than a few nuggets. It's a good tonic, if one's still needed, for '80s-style cynicism: Greed is not good.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Sensitive performances and intelligent storytelling keep the sometimes-violent tale involving from start to finish, marking a giant step for director Raimi, previously known for action stories and over-the-top fantasies.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
[Raimi]'s drawn lovely, complex performances from Paxton and Thornton and proven that he can work effectively -- and movingly -- in a minor emotional key.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
But the stuff looks like what it is -- trite imagery grafted over the narrative barrens, like a bad weave on a balding pate.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.