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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David N. Butterworth

Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin" is a small, quiet film brimming with smart directorial decisions.

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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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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

Even though at some points it hints at dark humor in a Coen brothers kinda way, this movie is far from making you laugh. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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Luis Fernando Galván
En Filme

Every shot in this film is carefully selected to bring the most out of this thrilling story. [Full review in Spanish]

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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 Magalhăes
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