(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
The key question is whether this procedural-as in, here we watch killers proceed-contributes to any greater understanding. I believe it does.
88
The filmmakers are more interested in questioning what brings people to commit senseless and merciless acts than they are preoccupied with the historical record.
88
Blue Caprice is a cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.
88
Blue Caprice takes a minimalist, documentary-style approach that proves harrowingly effective.
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
It finds no clear answers, but that suits both the horrific event and this haunting, elusive film.
80
Moors' film is at its best when it worries at notions of how evil is born, fostered and brought to bloom.
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
The film's a character piece with a tightening noose of suspense, and while it has its artsy-indie-dawdly moments, it's disturbing in ways that aren't easy to shake. Is the movie necessary? Do we need a “John and Lee: Portrait of Two Serial Killers”? Because it shines a light, however hesitant, into the cramped, resentful mind-sets that fester in the corners of America, I'd have to say yes.
75
Blue Caprice only spends a few minutes reenacting their crime - the movie shows us exactly how they did it in just a couple of scenes - because the facts of the case aren't the movie's focus. Instead, this lyrical, frightening film is a portrait of a man consumed by self-hatred who decided to take it out on the world.
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.
60
Director Alexandre Moors turns the project into something of an art film, requiring patience for repetitive editing and slow-burn scenes before the movie ultimately works itself under your skin.
50
Blue Caprice tells its story in fragments, a provocative strategy that sometimes works to chilling effect, sometimes not.

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