Clay Pigeons Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 26, 2014
Call this one Fargo Lite, and you won't be far off the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 26, 2009
Slanted as a black comedy, but fails to secure the sufficiently outre tone (let alone any real suspense) needed to make it more than a middling retread.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This quirky comedy thriller, produced by Ridley Scott, is both blackly funny and, at times, tensely disturbing and quite macabre.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Vince Vaughn may play the two best movie serial killers this year if his Norman Bates rendition can match his performance in Clay Pigeons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 27, 2005
An okay little High Plains Noir, but it unravels at the end.
| Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The boyishly braying laugh Vaughn punctuates his conversations with is a true actor's finesse on his character.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2005
Twisted and quietly addicting crime flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
December 31, 2004
Great performance by Vaughn
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2004
It's hard to put a finger on what exactly this film is, and, for a while, it seems as if the filmmakers aren't sure what they're after, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 16, 2003
Brilliant direction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
This is not your classic whodunit. It's blacker, funnier, and edgier.
| Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mr. Vaughn is possessed not only of long limbs and an attractive face, but also of a distinctive voice that he uses to command attention, even when his material is routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Actually brings a clean, new and very funny edge to the weathered genre of crime and sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
It's a beautifully structured piece with a high quotient of neat, shocking twists. Director David Dobkin exercises welcome restraint; although the movie is full of macabre touches, it's witty rather than grotesque.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
August 28, 2001
The performances are simply wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
"You've got a sense of humor, I like that," Lester Long proclaims at one point. Well, we all like that, but would it be asking too much to have a little coherence to go along with it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Vince Vaughn pulls off another dynamic performance as Lester the self-proclaimed "molester," and spices his character up with one of the honkiest laughs this side of Fran Drescher.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Clay Pigeons is the sort of wacky dark comedy that tries to be irreverent right off the bat. But, unfortunately, it's about halfway through before it settles into a good comedic groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diane Selkirk
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Lifted from being just average by strong acting and an amusing script, this is a good bet if you're looking for something offbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
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