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Shotgun Stories Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 18, 2008
A precisely modulated yet cumulatively forceful story of a rural family feud turned deadly.
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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
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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
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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
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2008
Shotgun Stories is a cautionary tale about revenge, but more than that, it is a beautiful, authentic-feeling portrait of a family and a place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2008
An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue -- these are common currency in indie movies these days. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 3, 2008
Well-plotted, with a strong lead performance by Michael Shannon, and a fair amount of authentic regional flavor. It isn't really meant to be a treatise on Southern life. At heart, it's a country-fried genre film, minus the peppery white gravy.
| Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 28, 2008
Yes, it's a mite pretentious and on the slow side. But debuting director Jeff Nichols has an eye for small-town America and a sensibility that he shares with fellow North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus David Gordon Greene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2008
Never manages to be fully convincing.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 27, 2008
Like his fellow Mason-Dixon minimalist David Gordon Green (the film's producer), [director] Nichols favors mood and ellipses over momentum and explanations, which gives this contemporary Hatfields-versus-McCoys narrative a beguiling, drifting atmosphere.
| Original Score: 4/6
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
March 26, 2008
Shotgun Stories defines the classic western phrase 'doing what a man's got to do' as both a moral imperative and a biological compulsion.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2008
Shotgun Stories has a flawless cast, but it's the peculiarity of Michael Shannon that keeps it from becoming too obvious.