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The Slaughter Rule Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2003
Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those barren fields and blood-red clouds are doing plenty of work for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2003
A timid template of an indie movie that glides through all the proper turns, sticks up all the appropriate signposts, and never once takes a demanding or truthful step.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 11, 2004
Everyone's got demons to deal with -- from Gideon's guilt over a kid that played for him and died under mysterious circumstances to the audience's unwillingness to sit through two hours of yet another inspirational football movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2003
Writer-directors Andrew and Alex Smith go for emotional truth, but what they come up with is often silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 11, 2003
First-time filmmakers Andrew and Alex Smith have a potentially intriguing and very different tale, but they consistently shoot themselves in the foot with their amateurishly self-conscious direction.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
January 23, 2003
None of the characters' troubled histories or transformations are as compelling as Gosling and Duvall's unforced emotional complexity would promise or merit.
Emanuel Levy
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 10, 2002
Morse, usually saddled with earnest supporting parts, is a revelation in the role, his boundless, good-natured energy camouflaging the contradictions roiling beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Montana's wide-open spaces -- and the closed hearts of the people who live there -- make for a sincere, superbly acted story of loss and need.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
A coming-of-age tale that nicely exploits the ruggedness of rural Montana and the rough-hewn, often tenuous nature of male friendships in those parts.
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
It has hints of greatness, but fails to completely realize them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Gosling and Morse give strong performances in this bitter pill movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 10, 2002
This promising but confused first film is best viewed as a touching portrait of thwarted, volatile male passion in a world where you could almost say that geography is destiny
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 7, 2003
The lead performances could hardly be better.
January 10, 2003
Sex, alcohol, and the brutality of football. It may seem like a 'guy' movie, but the relationship struggles make this accessible to all audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
March 10, 2003
Best movie I saw in 2002. Features a terrifyingly real performance by David Morse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 16, 2011
David Morse, who's spent the last 20 years kicking around network television and building up an resume of impressive movie credits, establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 12, 2003
Beautiful in its stark way.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
January 8, 2003
Its focus on the complex relationship between an emotionally wounded youth and the sexually ambiguous older man who mentors him is a welcome detour from genre routine.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
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