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Small Town Murder Songs Reviews

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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...
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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
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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.
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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
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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.