A Single Shot Reviews

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Sean Burns
May 5, 2015
Has anybody in a movie ever happened upon a large sum of money and gone on to live happily ever after?
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
A Single Shot is a confusing, overcomplicated little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Todd Jorgenson
September 30, 2013
A fascinating lead character can't overcome the familiarity of this atmospheric low-budget thriller.
Robert Levin
September 26, 2013
The movie's general weariness - nothing happy happens here - transitions from tasteful to overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
September 23, 2013
Lands somewhere between a good novel and a deadly country song, all with the power to take hold and refuse to leave you be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
September 21, 2013
A Single Shot assembles an outstanding, mostly under-appreciated, cast and with them crafts a tense, disquieting gothic fable led by the always preeminent Sam Rockwell.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
September 20, 2013
A Single Shot does not add up to anywhere near the sum of its parts, and as individually impressive as any of those parts might be (Rockwell), we are left with a film that, if not quite a Frankenstein's monster, is certainly patchworky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Danny King
Paste Magazine
September 20, 2013
When the plot kicks in, and people actually start talking to each other, the film loses most of its momentum, but it still has enough sections of terse, pointed physicality that the overriding sensation of brute, blunt force rarely lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.7/10
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 20, 2013
Hillbilly noir, great cast, dueling beards.
Full Review | Original Score: C plus
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
September 20, 2013
It's Rockwell - and Rockwell alone - who makes "A Single Shot" count.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
September 20, 2013
An odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, "A Single Shot" is simultaneously understated and overpowering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 20, 2013
Both predictable and outlandish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 20, 2013
It's a small story, but it's tied into the part of America that's been affected by larger financial instability, the corruption of drugs, and the lack of education and opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 20, 2013
"A Single Shot" is a singular pleasure, and worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Murray
September 19, 2013
I'd go as far as to rank A Single Shot among Sam Rockwell's Top 10 performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jay Stone
September 19, 2013
The plot is predictable, but it takes almost two hours to tell because everyone has to chop their way through so much atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 19, 2013
None of these characters, no matter how trashed-up for the down-market occasion, are believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 19, 2013
Sam Rockwell is one of Hollywood's most underrated actors and he shows why that's the case again in A Single Shot, a rural, neo-noir thriller that slowly pulls the viewer under its veil of mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
September 19, 2013
The back story disappoints less for its convoluted nature than for its failure to create a convincing set of motivations for its characters.
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 19, 2013
There at the center of the film is Rockwell, as good an actor as there is working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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