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At Close Range (1986)


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True story of an aimless Pennsylvania teen who is drawn in to his father's life of crime. Powerful performances by all!



Nicholas Kazan

Dec 19, 2000

Orion Pictures Corporation

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General audiences will respond to the very strong performances of the two leads, especially Walken in one of his best roles.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Less than intoxicating.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's something bold about the film's wealth of imagery, but it also so overstates the material of the screenplay that it eventually annihilates both it and the story.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Penn and Walken [are] at the top of their forms in roles that give them a lot to work with.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Relentlessly grim, At Close Range offers a frightening glimpse at the dark side of American life and poses disturbing questions about family ties.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Engaging performances by Penn and Walken can't quite turn this brutal curio into something more substantial.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Brittle and rough; full of excellent performances, too.

April 3, 2005

Though beginning as a tale about alienated youth, the film quickly devolves into a melodrama of a son (Sean Penn) corrupted by his own father (Christopher Walken) in a valueless world.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A riveting film about murder, the father-son relationship gone bad and the high cost of rejecting the view that might makes right.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Christopher Walken's hair and bushy mustache almost make the maudlin At Close Range worth watching, but not quite.

May 9, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

One of the most underrated thrillers of it's time

September 17, 2002

"a dark jewel of a drama, with first-rate performances"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

If you like your drama dark and your taste in acting favours the credible-looking but verbally challenged Sean Penn, then you'll likely find At Close Range an interesting movie choice.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for At Close Range

Fact is stranger than fiction. And it was so in this case. I found the real events on which the movie was based to be creepier than the movie itself. I was startled to learn that some of the sequences weren't artistic creations, but it happened for real. For example: I found the scene where Brad Jr. gets shot with Terry, but survives it, to be unbelievable, but was surprised I was furious over that clickhe when Sean Penn came out of the car after being hit badly. Thoughj it may not have happened per se as in the movie, but it did happen seems surprising. The screenplay could have been better than what it is with the given storyline.
March 17, 2011

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Yes, this movie is based on a true story, but true stories aren't always that good as movies. I liked some of this movie, it's got some good actors, too, but most of it was boring and I didn't care for the end.
January 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Christopher Walken and Sean Penn star in this much overlooked film from 1986 regarding a family of small-time criminals. Walken plays Brad Whitewood Sr., the malevolent, soft spoken father who really cares about his family of criminals, yet his own flesh and blood's importance to him is quite dubious.
Sean Penn and his brother Chris portray the Whitewood sons Brad Jr. and Tommy, and a slew of other known actors such as the brilliant Crispin Glover play friends and partners in crime. If you've missed this one and are a fan of any of the aforementioned actors, I highly recommend this.
July 6, 2010

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