American Gun Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
March 24, 2006
...more like talking points for a film than a finished product. The effects of violence and the gun trade are examined, but little light is shed.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 18, 2006
Full of grating hysterics and solemn symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 23, 2006
Handy rule of thumb for first- time filmmakers: No more than one crying scene per film, please. Like any other commodity, tears aren't worth much if they're overstocked.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 29, 2006
takes too many shortcuts and easy-outs in exploring the issue
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2006
[T]his is no bit of cheap exploitation created merely to rake in some dough. But purity of motives aside, the film simply isn't very good.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 21, 2006
The acting is pro enough to keep your blood up, but the reverb is minimal.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 22, 2006
Avelino's message about America's gun-happy culture is so foursquare and what-you-see-is-what-you-get that it's possible to walk out of the film wondering if you missed the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 22, 2006
This stridently sorrowful polemic against the proliferation of handguns in the United States consists of three fictional vignettes.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2005
...an overblown and surprisingly tedious polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2006
It's a bit like watching a weaker version of Crash, with fewer coincidences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
March 24, 2006
Aside from a few moments of quiet pathos that ring true, Avelino's directorial debut is a calculated piece of cinematic outrage marred by on-the-nose dialogue and melodramatic contrivance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 7, 2006
The guns seem to have been shoved in various characters' pockets as afterthought, and Avelino's interlocking stories never click.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2005
Painfully earnest but dramatically inert.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 8, 2005
Skittishly paced and dramatically diffuse, American Gun misfires.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 23, 2006
While the movie feigns objectivity, it's clear from the start that, for Avelino and co-writer Steven Bagatourian, there's not a scenario imaginable in which having a firearm on hand would be preferable to not having one.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 24, 2006
Actually PAY MONEY to see this in a theater? No way.
| Original Score: 1.7/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 21, 2006
Despite a few effective moments, Gun ... never makes the big statement it seems to be reaching for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 28, 2006
American Gun arrives in theaters too late to really make a difference or say anything new on the subject of school shootings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
Movies.com
March 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: D
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2006
It isn't trite or strident - it doesn't shout or pound the desk - and, in a way, its own thoughtfulness is its worst enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100

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