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August 21, 2017
Slowness drags the score into repetitive motifs that never seem to speed or slow and locks the dialogue into an occasionally artificial-sounding gravity.
March 9, 2017
Nichols' original take on classic themes of vengeance and retribution is dropped into a world of real people struggling with the real problems of making a living, taking responsibility for families and dealing with the betrayals of the past.
January 23, 2017
A kind of modern and direct western where violence isn't seen but you can feel it. [Full review in Spanish]
August 2, 2012
...at once a small, regional tale and something mythic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2011
There is indeed something mythical, even scriptural, about the struggle among the seven Hayes brothers in Jeff Nichols' remarkable Shotgun Stories.
August 8, 2009
There is much to "Shotgun Stories" that elevates it above the fray of Green derivatives and unflattering categorizations, bolstered by a roster of naturalistic, fully assimilated performances, led by "Bug"'s now ubiquitous Michael Shannon.
February 16, 2009
Good natural performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 4, 2008
The credentials of many festival screenings might suggest to alert viewers that this isn't a shoot 'em up between two hill billy clans
November 26, 2008
Like Malick, Nichols knows that the sight of a combine transforming an Arkansas cotton field into an apocalyptic dust storm is as eloquent as anything his characters might say.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2008
Brilliantly acted, superbly directed and beautifully shot, this is a gripping drama that really gets under your skin and marks writer-director Jeff Nichols out as a talent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
A precisely modulated yet cumulatively forceful story of a rural family feud turned deadly.
October 18, 2008
Set in rural Arkansas, Jeff Nichols' relaxed, distinctive debut revels in the milieu of its redneck characters, but injects their rural half-blood feud with an almost mythic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Writer/director Jeff Nichols is one to watch. He has fashioned a simple but powerful cautionary tale, equal parts Southern Gothic and Greek tragedy, and has given a familiar kind of material a fresh spin.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2008
I'm sick of the kind of exceptional that Shotgun Stories represents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2008
The real key to the film is the commanding Michael Shannon.
July 10, 2008
The end reveals just how poetic, shifting and dazzling Nichols' touch was all along. That's because Shotgun Stories manages to pull away from a hair-trigger resolution with the same inherent right-ness that loaded the story with such tragic force.
July 9, 2008
Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2008
This low-key yarn about lowbrow men isn't for everyone. But whatever its faults and limitations, Shotgun Stories casts a spell unlike any other movie we've seen in ages.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2008
... here there's also an undercurrent of biblical revenge that lends the narrative a sense of violent menace and an almost continuous tension.
June 6, 2008
Few films are so observant about how we relate with one another. Few are as sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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