Ned Rifle Reviews

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.
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 5, 2015
The movie doesn't exactly go anywhere. Or rather, it dithers around, and then, just as things start to get interesting, it ends.
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
The veteran trio of Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak and Parker Posey steals the picture from the younger cast in a capper that's faithful but inessential.
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.
September 11, 2014
Repeating himself without ever lapsing into self-parody, Hartley has made a movie that will seem awfully familiar to his fans, but which also looks, sounds, and moves like nothing else on the current American indie landscape.
September 8, 2014
A crime dramedy that's ostensibly quirky, but also short, sweet and rather moving.