Ned Rifle Reviews

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February 19, 2018
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.
February 23, 2016
Ned Rifle finds a comfortable place between Henry Fool's low-key sensibilities and Fay Grim's conspiratorial plotting.
January 1, 2016
It's as close to an adding-up as can be expected from any thrifty trilogy spread out over three decades, but surely a testament to enduring indie integrity.
July 30, 2015
The movie should resonate for fans, as it's filled to the brim with Hartley's signature dry and carefully crafted dialogue.
April 10, 2015
Hartley's dialogue has a crisp, sardonic, back-and-forth quality, as if characters were bargaining over information and logic.
April 10, 2015
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.
April 9, 2015
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.
April 7, 2015
Smart writing and committed actors make up for the microscopic budget. You don't need to have seen the previous two films to enjoy "Ned Rifle," but it definitely helps.
April 3, 2015
"Ned Rifle" is a secure return to form for Hartley, and the best feature he's made in the last 20 years.
April 3, 2015
Hartley's deadpan timing hasn't lost a beat, his ensemble knows how to play these notes in their sleep, and newbie Plaza slots in perfectly.
April 2, 2015
[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.
April 2, 2015
Like the best of Hartley's work ("Fool," "Trust," "Simple Men"), "Ned" leaves behind little bits of wisdom.
April 2, 2015
For all the evident despair, Hartley can't repress his love of cinema; the comic dialogue sings and many of the images have a fragile beauty.
April 2, 2015
Anyone coming to Ned Rifle cold will be bewildered. But there are numerous pleasures for the initiated ...
April 1, 2015
There are wonderful stretches in Ned Rifle when his flat, affected, hyper-literate dialogue pings just as strongly as it did in his 1990s prime.
April 1, 2015
While talk of good and evil makes for emphatic essay as in Hartley's earlier work, the once-stylized cadence is now relaxed, but not nearly naturalistic.
March 31, 2015
If the new film looks and sounds much cheaper than Mr. Hartley's earlier work, the writer and director's wit remains intact.
March 31, 2015
Hartley's humor and intellectual musings are, as always, fully present, but by anchoring them to a genuinely compelling story of familial retribution, he's made his best film in years.
March 30, 2015
There's relief in the fact that while Ned Rifle is no Fool, it's still the writer-helmer's best work since then.
March 30, 2015
Both cynical and sweet, with a lot on its mind.
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