Blood Simple
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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, Ray (John Getz), one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It isn't really about anything except making a commercial narrative movie outside the industry."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"The movie remains mired in a smart-alecky film-school sensibility."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A deadpan gothic thriller best described as the steamy, hardboiled fiction of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain filtered through two film-school brats."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"A stunning debut, and arguably one of the Coens' two best features, this Gothic noir introduced the wry, sardonic, and playful approach that would shape their future work, and launched the screen career of the brilliant Frances McDormand."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A remarkably assured debut for Coen."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Essential."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"As black, sinful and nasty as a weekful of Hitchcocks, this is as fresh and intoxicating now as it was back then. In a word: deadly."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"The script is so tight you can feel it screwing into the back of your neck."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"An inordinately good low-budget film noir thriller."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is as dark, ironic and fatalistically comic as modern film noir comes."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"The Coens remain fastidiously indifferent to the plight of their creations, the better to concentrate on the dazzle of their doom"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Blood Simple isn't bad, just self-consciously poky and austere -- a James M. Cain homage, rural-art-film division."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Com um estilo marcante já no filme de estréia, os irmãos Coen criam uma obra noir tensa, envolvente e que faz do absurdo uma de suas principais armas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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