Shotgun Stories Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
August 2, 2012
...at once a small, regional tale and something mythic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
There is indeed something mythical, even scriptural, about the struggle among the seven Hayes brothers in Jeff Nichols' remarkable Shotgun Stories.
Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 16, 2009
Good natural performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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
Steve Rose
Guardian
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 18, 2008
A precisely modulated yet cumulatively forceful story of a rural family feud turned deadly.
Bonnie Fazio
Reel.com
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 2, 2008
I'm sick of the kind of exceptional that Shotgun Stories represents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Cinematical
August 5, 2008
The real key to the film is the commanding Michael Shannon.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2008
Jeff Nichols modern Western is laconic and lazily captivating, its silence slowly building to rage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 8, 2008
An allegory of our times, Shotgun Stories is a tragedy of biblical scale and an intimate family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: a
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
April 25, 2008
It's clearly a labor of love and no doubt true to some regional ways and attitudes. But jeez, it's self-parodic, and all the more so for taking place in some uncharted corner of Dixie where nobody has the slightest sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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