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.

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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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

We understand that Dwight's mission of revenge is juvenile and indefensible, but Blair manages to make us root for him nonetheless.

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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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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

You couldn't ask for a more unlikely avenger than the ill-equipped sort-of hero of Blue Ruin, and that's precisely why it's far, far more suspenseful than the typical violent revenge thriller.

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Stephen Danay
Under the Radar

The everyday suburbs and wilderness of Virginia come to life as places of rustic beauty and grim reality.

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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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Tom Long
Detroit News

A riveting revenge thriller written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and built around a singular performance by Macon Blair.

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Rob Humanick
The Berks-Mont News

A prismatically efficient thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
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
danny d
an absolute powerhouse of a film. haunting and deeply effective, blue ruin is guaranteed to finish as one of 2014's best films. brooding and visually… 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
Mark Walker
Many didn't pay attention when Jeremy Saulnier made his directorial debut in 2007 with the little seen comedy/horror film "Monster Party". I know… More
Alex roy
Good Thrillers are often hard to come by, but with Blue Ruin we have a very solid genre film that boasts a well thought out storyline, one that will keep the… More
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