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Shotgun Stories Reviews

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March 26, 2008
There's no escaping the fact that the film, well-crafted though it may be, is ultimately just as slow as the proverbial molasses.
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.
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 28, 2008
Never manages to be fully convincing.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 23, 2017
A kind of modern and direct western where violence isn't seen but you can feel it. [Full review in Spanish]
October 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 14, 2007
... a simple human story with the archetypal power of Greek myth. It feels like an American classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
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
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 23, 2008
Shotgun Stories is, at heart, a film about people who discover what they have to let go of, and who confront the terrifying possibility of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
April 3, 2008
This promising debut feature is remarkable for its use of inaction, the threats, standoffs, aborted shoving matches, but very little actual violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2008
The real key to the film is the commanding Michael Shannon.
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
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
April 11, 2008
An interesting first effort from Nichols -- making him a director to look out for in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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