Blood Simple
Blood Simple (1984)

In the first film of brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, M. Emmett Walsh plays Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her paramour,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brutally violent and shockingly funny in equal measure, Blood Simple offers early evidence of the Coen Brothers' twisted sensibilities and filmmaking ingenuity.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

With a strong and stylish debut like Blood Simple, it didn't take a P.I. to see that the Coens were made for big things.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A remarkably assured debut for Coen.

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Walter Chaw
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Variety Staff

An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes.

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Fernando F. Croce

The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jacob Ethington
Watching a directorial debut is a fascinating practice, partially because you can see a filmmaker's trademarks already fully formed. With that in mind,… More
Graham Jones
The Coen Bros. blasted on the scene with this amazing debut. It must be something about Texas that brings out the best in them (i.e. No Country For Old Men).
Alex roy
Blood Simple is the Coen Brothers big debut, and it gives us a glimpse of what the two directors would come to create later on in their career. With a tightly… More
paul oh
Its pretty damn good. The pace isn't fast but not too slow as well. The action is there but never consistent. The story takes you off your feet along with… More
Spencer S.
Blood sickening and terse, with a story as old as time but told so elegantly and with so much fear, the Coen brothers shock and awe with their first feature… More
familiar stranger
At its release, it's said to have received enormous response and that it shattered the box-office records thence. I tend to keep a safe distance from Coen… More