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Shotgun Stories Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm once a small, regional tale and something mythic.

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

August 2, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

There is indeed something mythical, even scriptural, about the struggle among the seven Hayes brothers in Jeff Nichols' remarkable Shotgun Stories.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Leo Goldsmith

There is much to "Shotgun Stories" that elevates it above the fray of Green derivatives and unflattering categorizations, bolstered by a roster of naturalistic, fully assimilated performances, led by "Bug"'s now ubiquitous Michael Shannon.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 8, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Good natural performances.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 16, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The credentials of many festival screenings might suggest to alert viewers that this isn't a shoot 'em up between two hill billy clans

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 4, 2008
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Like Malick, Nichols knows that the sight of a combine transforming an Arkansas cotton field into an apocalyptic dust storm is as eloquent as anything his characters might say.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A

November 26, 2008
Steve Rose

Set in rural Arkansas, Jeff Nichols' relaxed, distinctive debut revels in the milieu of its redneck characters, but injects their rural half-blood feud with an almost mythic quality.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner

Brilliantly acted, superbly directed and beautifully shot, this is a gripping drama that really gets under your skin and marks writer-director Jeff Nichols out as a talent to watch.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Eddie Cockrell
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A precisely modulated yet cumulatively forceful story of a rural family feud turned deadly.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Bonnie Fazio

Writer/director Jeff Nichols is one to watch. He has fashioned a simple but powerful cautionary tale, equal parts Southern Gothic and Greek tragedy, and has given a familiar kind of material a fresh spin.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

I'm sick of the kind of exceptional that Shotgun Stories represents.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 2, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson

The real key to the film is the commanding Michael Shannon.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

August 5, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The end reveals just how poetic, shifting and dazzling Nichols' touch was all along. That's because Shotgun Stories manages to pull away from a hair-trigger resolution with the same inherent right-ness that loaded the story with such tragic force.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 10, 2008
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 9, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

This low-key yarn about lowbrow men isn't for everyone. But whatever its faults and limitations, Shotgun Stories casts a spell unlike any other movie we've seen in ages.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2008
Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
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... here there's also an undercurrent of biblical revenge that lends the narrative a sense of violent menace and an almost continuous tension.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 6, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Few films are so observant about how we relate with one another. Few are as sympathetic.

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

June 6, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Jeff Nichols modern Western is laconic and lazily captivating, its silence slowly building to rage.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B

May 15, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An allegory of our times, Shotgun Stories is a tragedy of biblical scale and an intimate family drama.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: a

May 8, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It's clearly a labor of love and no doubt true to some regional ways and attitudes. But jeez, it's self-parodic, and all the more so for taking place in some uncharted corner of Dixie where nobody has the slightest sense of humor.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2008
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