(1998)

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Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
But [Raimi]'s instructed his fabulous Style to take a hike, and, working from Scott Smith's brilliantly reconfigured script from Smith's own (much darker) novel, delivers a piece that is severe and disciplined in its evocation of the cold terrors of fate.
100
With elegant, clockwork construction, Smith has transplanted his novel of greed, betrayal and getting what you deserve to the screen, where it is told by director Sam Raimi with a spareness befitting the whiteness of its snowed-in setting.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Lean, elegant, and emotionally complex -- a marvel of backwoods classicism.
90
When you get the shivers watching this wintry tale unfold, it won't be from the cold.
90
Village Voice
As straightforward in narrative as it is gut-wrenching in effect, A Simple Plan is a sort of slow-motion skid down an icy blacktop— it's a movie you watch with a mounting sense of dread...[It's] an extremely credible thriller and an affecting brother-story.
88
Chicago Tribune
Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
88
New York Daily News
It's a Master "Plan."
88
ReelViews
The characters are at the heart of A Simple Plan, and the gruesome complexity of their interaction elevates this film to the level of a midwinter treat.
60
Chicago Reader
The script dawdles, and in spite of a good cast--Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton (who's especially resourceful), Bridget Fonda, and Brent Briscoe--the movie tends to amble around its points rather than drive straight toward the heart of the matter.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
But the stuff looks like what it is -- trite imagery grafted over the narrative barrens, like a bad weave on a balding pate.

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