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At Close Range Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 9, 2004
Christopher Walken's hair and bushy mustache almost make the maudlin At Close Range worth watching, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Less than intoxicating.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There's something bold about the film's wealth of imagery, but it also so overstates the material of the screenplay that it eventually annihilates both it and the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Penn and Walken [are] at the top of their forms in roles that give them a lot to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
Brittle and rough; full of excellent performances, too.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
One of the most underrated thrillers of it's time
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 13, 2008
General audiences will respond to the very strong performances of the two leads, especially Walken in one of his best roles.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
A riveting film about murder, the father-son relationship gone bad and the high cost of rejecting the view that might makes right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 21, 2015
A grim true story thriller that never relents in its violence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 6, 2015
...the film's finish is far more grim and bleak than one could possibly have anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
October 26, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 3, 2015
Director James Foley and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan expertly recreate that part of America that feels like it should exist under a rock with the clammy mud and scurrying insects, and their efforts are supported by an intense performance from Walken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
If you like your drama dark and your taste in acting favours the credible-looking but verbally challenged Sean Penn, then you'll likely find At Close Range an interesting movie choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"a dark jewel of a drama, with first-rate performances"
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 6, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 24, 2004
Though beginning as a tale about alienated youth, the film quickly devolves into a melodrama of a son (Sean Penn) corrupted by his own father (Christopher Walken) in a valueless world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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