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Clay Pigeons Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Call this one Fargo Lite, and you won't be far off the mark.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2014
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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This quirky comedy thriller, produced by Ridley Scott, is both blackly funny and, at times, tensely disturbing and quite macabre.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An okay little High Plains Noir, but it unravels at the end.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 27, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The boyishly braying laugh Vaughn punctuates his conversations with is a true actor's finesse on his character.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Twisted and quietly addicting crime flick.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2005
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Great performance by Vaughn

| Original Score: 4/5

December 31, 2004
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Brilliant direction.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 16, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

This is not your classic whodunit. It's blacker, funnier, and edgier.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine

Actually brings a clean, new and very funny edge to the weathered genre of crime and sleaze.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2002
Stephen Farber
Movieline

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.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

The performances are simply wonderful.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 28, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2001
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

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 Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Diane Selkirk
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

January 1, 2000
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