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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 29, 2006
takes too many shortcuts and easy-outs in exploring the issue
| Original Score: 3/5
August 18, 2006
Full of grating hysterics and solemn symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2006
Despite a few effective moments, Gun ... never makes the big statement it seems to be reaching for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 7, 2006
The guns seem to have been shoved in various characters' pockets as afterthought, and Avelino's interlocking stories never click.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2006
Actually PAY MONEY to see this in a theater? No way.
Read More | Original Score: 1.7/5
March 23, 2006
Handy rule of thumb for first- time filmmakers: No more than one crying scene per film, please. Like any other commodity, tears aren't worth much if they're overstocked.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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