Ned Rifle


Ned Rifle

Critics Consensus

Ned Rifle serves as a satisfying conclusion to Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" trilogy - and one of the strongest late-period works from a distinguished filmography.



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Henry Fool and Fay Grim's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome, sexy, and hilarious Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Grim family. A funny, sad, and sexy adventure, Ned Rifle is an intellectually stimulating and compassionate satire. (C) Possible Films

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

  • Seemingly everyone here, viewer included, is on a Fool's errand in trying to pin down the ever-fugitive Henry... which makes this most elusive of characters a perfect figure for a trilogy whose own significance is difficult to capture.

    Feb 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hartley is at his Hartleyest here, meaning, among other things, that a fair chunk of the dialogue sounds like a pronouncement, aimed as much at the viewer as it is at another character.

    Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • At its worst, "Ned Rifle" is a self-involved movie about self-involved people. When it clicks, though, we're in a pared-down moral universe that carries unsettling echoes of our own.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • The movie doesn't exactly go anywhere. Or rather, it dithers around, and then, just as things start to get interesting, it ends.

    Apr 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • [It] might not sound entertaining, yet when the writer-director is on his game, as he is in "Ned Rifle," the effect is bizarre black comedy that is designed to set you thinking about what his satire is really saying.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Like the best of Hartley's work ("Fool," "Trust," "Simple Men"), "Ned" leaves behind little bits of wisdom.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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