A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga.
William Goss, MSN Movies
The violence is unfailingly nasty, the humor suitably dark, and the human center holds due to Dwight's endearingly short-sighted, continually fallible, yet understandably just mission against those who squandered his own happiness decades before.
Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
Excellently-acted, beautifully shot and deliberately-paced to nail-biting perfection, Blue Ruin takes a deserved place in the pantheon of no-holds-barred revenge thrillers.
Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
The best Coen Bros. noir since they were making them.
Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
A quiet, confident, and surprisingly excellent revenge thriller.
Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
Blue Ruin is tragedy on an intimate scale, but don't let its tiny budget fool you. It looks far more costly, which is fitting as its emotional toll is higher than the norm too.
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
...an impressively spare thriller...
Jordan Hoffman, Badass Digest
It may be the finest cinematic plea for pacifism since Munich, or it may just be a great thrill ride.
Gabe Toro, The Playlist
Saulnier has made a film of almost unbearable tension, a no-frills pressure cooker that rattles the senses not just for what occurs...but for what's waiting just off screen at every turn.
Jon Frosch, France24
A taut, atmospheric and darkly comic revenge thriller.