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Shotgun Stories Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2008
A precisely modulated yet cumulatively forceful story of a rural family feud turned deadly.
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 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
May 15, 2008
Jeff Nichols modern Western is laconic and lazily captivating, its silence slowly building to rage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
March 28, 2008
Never manages to be fully convincing.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 24, 2008
Shotgun Stories has a flawless cast, but it's the peculiarity of Michael Shannon that keeps it from becoming too obvious.