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A Single Shot Reviews

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September 19, 2013
It's largely just an opportunity for the actors to try on Ozark-y mannerisms, swig moonshine, and hock loogies. And like most exercises in authenticity, it couldn't be more inauthentic if it tried.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 18, 2014
A Single Shot is a confusing, overcomplicated little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
September 20, 2013
A Single Shot does not add up to anywhere near the sum of its parts, and as individually impressive as any of those parts might be (Rockwell), we are left with a film that, if not quite a Frankenstein's monster, is certainly patchworky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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September 19, 2013
The back story disappoints less for its convoluted nature than for its failure to create a convincing set of motivations for its characters.
September 19, 2013
There's a fascinating start of a story here, but the perplexing decision to smother it ends up doing no favors for anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2013
Pretentious pulp fiction
Full Review | Original Score: 3
September 26, 2013
The movie's general weariness - nothing happy happens here - transitions from tasteful to overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2013
A grim and glacially paced melodrama ...
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2013
None of these characters, no matter how trashed-up for the down-market occasion, are believable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2013
An odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, "A Single Shot" is simultaneously understated and overpowering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2013
The pace feels too languid, draining some of the tension and suspense from the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2013
David Rosenthal's follow-up to Janie Jones is in the end too shot through with genre cliché to prevail as the gritty thriller that it is striving to be.
May 5, 2015
Has anybody in a movie ever happened upon a large sum of money and gone on to live happily ever after?
September 30, 2013
A fascinating lead character can't overcome the familiarity of this atmospheric low-budget thriller.
September 16, 2013
Its protagonist hits an unplanned target, but this increasingly risible mishmash misses at almost every turn.
September 16, 2013
A Single Shot aims to serve up gritty backwoods noir but misses its target by some distance.
September 18, 2013
What passes for a plot has been done a thousand times before-in much better films than A Single Shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2013
A slow-moving, unsurprising piece of noirish backwoods pulp.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 19, 2013
So heavy on atmosphere that it's hard to breathe, this derivative drama sleepwalks through familiar story lines despite the efforts of a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2013
The plot is predictable, but it takes almost two hours to tell because everyone has to chop their way through so much atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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