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A Single Shot Reviews

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Scott MacDonald
AV Club
September 19, 2013
It's largely just an opportunity for the actors to try on Ozark-y mannerisms, swig moonshine, and hock loogies. And like most exercises in authenticity, it couldn't be more inauthentic if it tried.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
A Single Shot is a confusing, overcomplicated little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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+
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.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 19, 2013
There's a fascinating start of a story here, but the perplexing decision to smother it ends up doing no favors for anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 18, 2013
Pretentious pulp fiction
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 26, 2013
The movie's general weariness - nothing happy happens here - transitions from tasteful to overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2013
A grim and glacially paced melodrama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 19, 2013
The pace feels too languid, draining some of the tension and suspense from the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lee Marshall
Screen International
September 16, 2013
David Rosenthal's follow-up to Janie Jones is in the end too shot through with genre cliché to prevail as the gritty thriller that it is striving to be.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 30, 2013
A fascinating lead character can't overcome the familiarity of this atmospheric low-budget thriller.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2013
Its protagonist hits an unplanned target, but this increasingly risible mishmash misses at almost every turn.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 16, 2013
A Single Shot aims to serve up gritty backwoods noir but misses its target by some distance.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 18, 2013
What passes for a plot has been done a thousand times before-in much better films than A Single Shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 19, 2013
A slow-moving, unsurprising piece of noirish backwoods pulp.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 19, 2013
So heavy on atmosphere that it's hard to breathe, this derivative drama sleepwalks through familiar story lines despite the efforts of a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jay Stone
Canada.com
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 20, 2013
Both predictable and outlandish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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