Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin (2014)

BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors' Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The world doesn't need another empty genre exercise. But as Blue Ruin reminds us, it can always use more filmmakers of Saulnier's resourcefulness, sensitivity and quiet assurance.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

Blair, an unheralded actor, carries the whole picture. He's in practically every scene, and his performance is fascinating because in his eyes you can see the character struggling desperately with himself.

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Louis Proyect

Brilliant stroke to have a nebbish carrying out a one-man vendetta against a gang of bad guys rather than a Charles Bronson retread.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down Blood Simple, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre's heartbeat to gripping effect.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A lean piece of thriller filmmaking with a potent human core.

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Wesley Morris

Saulnier is also a cinematographer, and he's in complete control of the film's conflation of human-scale horror and tragicomedy.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Saulnier spills a lot of blood, but he's an extraordinarily responsible and appealing craftsman.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Exponentially inspirational; Blue Ruin is a film that feels like intimate atomic fallout out from an event that radiates through the lives of two families. Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier is irrevocably one to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There's nothing better than a revenge fantasy film. Tarantino is possibly the most famous, recent, purveyor of this genre with his revival of grindhouse… More
familiar stranger
Too slow-paced for my taste. Besides the story is not half as great to sit through. -5/5.
Mark Hobin
Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier understands the viewer should sympathize with the "hero" in order for us to be invested in his plight. You can… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A visceral, nerve-wracking story of revenge whose agonizing tension is combined so well with a dark sense of humor that follows the inept (and sometimes… More
KJ Proulx
Going into this film, I did not know much about it, and quite honestly, a little research on the premise of this film may be helpful. A man with an average… More
Dan Schultz
A quietly devastating and brutal picture about a mysterious figure named Dwight (Macon Blair) who journeys home to Virginia after hearing someone he knows is… More