Small Town Murder Songs Reviews

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
July 12, 2011
... the film is only an hour-and-a-quarter long, and that's just as well; spells are hard to sustain. Yet it's big enough.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2011
"Small Town Murder Songs" moves so deliberately, with such confident authority, that every small event takes on cumulative significance...
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 1, 2011
Atmospherically steeped in rural noir. . .Stormare's agonized face keeps the focus on more a tormented character study than a mystery. . .greatly heightened by rootsy songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 30, 2011
Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 30, 2011
Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 30, 2011
The soundtrack ... goes miles toward making what would be an unmanageably dour experience into an acute emotional resonance; the songs are freed to say more than the characters onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
June 29, 2011
A redemption parable that occasionally finds balladlike lyricism in its biblical solemnity and oddball Lynchian rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
Boldly succinct yet confident enough to take its time.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
June 11, 2011
Stormare's performance towers over the flimsy story. Besides the effective ensemble acting, another asset is the outstanding cinematography. This captivatingly haunting crime drama never gets tiresome and knows when to bring the...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
June 9, 2011
Why are recent movies about small towns with murderous secrets so good?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2011
A lawman seeking redemption can't seem to escape sin in Ed Gass-Donnelly's haunting, rural drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 18, 2011
For all that Small Town Murder Songs hints at, there isn't enough delivery here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 18, 2011
STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece, a story of alternately repressed and exploding passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
February 18, 2011
While it's easy to admire the unique stylistic accents director Ed Gass-Donnelly fearlessly applies to his northern Ontario murder mystery, it's not so easy to enjoy them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
February 18, 2011
The force in Stormare's performance is enough to suggest we've witnessed only a fraction of the character's anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 18, 2011
...Small Town Murder Songs [features] an oppressively deliberate pace that effectively holds the viewer at arm's length from start to finish...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 17, 2011
Rarely does cinema sight and sound mesh as boldly as this, and it's all to the good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
An effective ensemble backed by a bracingly haunting soundtrack strike a compelling chord in this rural Canadian crime drama.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 22, 2010
With his second feature, GassDonnelly achieves that longed-for thing, a whole greater than the parts, one in which each disparate element complements the other.
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