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Arkansas has an appealing low-key charm, but this character-driven neo-noir is too diffuse and derivative to leave much of an impression. Read critic reviews

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A series of mistakes leads to a deadly collision between two criminals and a drug kingpin in Arkansas.

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Critic Reviews for Arkansas

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  • Feeling like a relic from the wave of '90s crime ensembles that followed in Tarantino's wake, Arkansas not only squanders some good talent, it's a tragic waste of a fine book.

    July 14, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a collection of smart-mouthed southern ne'er-do-wells, Arkansas amuses, but as a showcase for colourful 70s menswear, it excels.

    July 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With its brooding tone of tired inevitability, his Arkansas knows exactly how to find drama and sentiment in what could otherwise just be a dour path to the inevitable.

    May 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's quirky, lively, and diverting for a little while, but then it really just drags.

    May 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Clark Duke] shows some promise as a director and maybe even more so as a screenwriter, but it goes on too long, it is unevenly paced, and it seems to end a few times.

    May 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Somehow it does have a sort of distinctive tang... It doesn't quite add up to a full meal despite being overlong, but it has a kind of ambling, affectionate weirdness to it.

    May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 14, 2020
    More commonly known for his comedy work on The Office and Hot Tub Time Machine, Clark Duke makes his feature length directorial debut with a southern-fried noir that's in many ways impressive but ultimately a mixed bag. Duke not only directs but also gives himself a prominent role alongside Liam Hemsworth's straight guy but his facetiousness is at odds with some of the plot's darker elements. This only causes the film to feel unbalanced in terms of its tone but he does do an admirable job in stringing the narrative's five chapters together and keeping tabs on slightly alternate time lines and characters - where Vince Vaughn stands out with a shady part to play.  For the most part, I found a lot to enjoy here but, sadly, it becomes rushed and messy in its denouement.
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