American Gun Reviews

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April 29, 2009
A fitting send off to one of America's best actors who dominates the screen.
January 29, 2007
A moving morality play indicting America for its ongoing love affair with the Second Amendment.
August 29, 2006
takes too many shortcuts and easy-outs in exploring the issue
August 18, 2006
Full of grating hysterics and solemn symbolism.
May 19, 2006
It isn't trite or strident - it doesn't shout or pound the desk - and, in a way, its own thoughtfulness is its worst enemy.
May 6, 2006
April 28, 2006
American Gun arrives in theaters too late to really make a difference or say anything new on the subject of school shootings.
April 25, 2006
[T]his is no bit of cheap exploitation created merely to rake in some dough. But purity of motives aside, the film simply isn't very good.
April 21, 2006
It's a bit like watching a weaker version of Crash, with fewer coincidences.
April 21, 2006
Despite a few effective moments, Gun ... never makes the big statement it seems to be reaching for.
April 21, 2006
What we're left with after watching "American Gun" isn't a sense of who's right or who's wrong, but more of a sadness that so many people feel so powerless and afraid that they think owning a gun will set things right.
April 14, 2006
Rather than blast us with a strong polemic, Avelino chooses to trace what are often the everyday ramifications of living in an armed society.
April 7, 2006
The guns seem to have been shoved in various characters' pockets as afterthought, and Avelino's interlocking stories never click.
April 6, 2006
[Avelino] shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult.
April 6, 2006
While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances.
March 28, 2006
It's so well done.
March 24, 2006
...more like talking points for a film than a finished product. The effects of violence and the gun trade are examined, but little light is shed.
March 24, 2006
Aside from a few moments of quiet pathos that ring true, Avelino's directorial debut is a calculated piece of cinematic outrage marred by on-the-nose dialogue and melodramatic contrivance.
March 24, 2006
While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up.
March 24, 2006
Actually PAY MONEY to see this in a theater? No way.
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