(2013)

Critic Reviews

76

Metascore

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100
A riveting first feature of startling maturity and intelligence.
90
Precision-honed performances and a nonsensationalistic approach distinguish this impressive first feature from French helmer Alexandre Moors, which avoids pat explanations as it offers a speculative glimpse into murderous minds.
90
Village Voice
The key question is whether this procedural—as in, here we watch killers proceed—contributes to any greater understanding. I believe it does.
88
Slant Magazine
The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
83
Moors isolates a well-known drama with the fleeting nonfiction prologue and explores it from the inside out: It's not an attempted reenactment, but it does aim to get at certain truths.
80
The Dissolve
It finds no clear answers, but that suits both the horrific event and this haunting, elusive film.
75
Blue Caprice, a disturbingly intimate look at the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, isn’t a horror film, but it certainly feels like one.
75
Blue Caprice is a chilling portrait of motive, manipulation and mass murder.
75
Blue Caprice otherwise proves a deft mood piece, one that probes its characters’ states of mind while remaining wholly unmoved by their grievances and hang-ups.
60
Blue Caprice is probably what more post-9/11 cinema should have been: desperate for explanations, inchoate and wrapped in unspoken loneliness. Even though we can stomach it better a decade later, we’re still not healed.

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