American Gun Reviews

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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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 6, 2006
[Avelino] shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2006
While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 28, 2006
It's so well done.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 24, 2006
While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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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
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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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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
November 8, 2005
Skittishly paced and dramatically diffuse, American Gun misfires.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2005
Painfully earnest but dramatically inert.