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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 16, 2011
The writing and directing team of twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith have made an astonishingly good first feature.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 16, 2011
Having made his name as a ferocious, self-hating Jewish skinhead in The Believer, 22-year-old Ryan Gosling gives another memorable performance as a lonely, world-hating fatherless quarterback in The Slaughter Rule.

Total Film
February 16, 2011
[Gosling] once again shows how magnetic he can be in challenging roles.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 16, 2011
As compellingly played by Morse, a great actor who gives pic more than it gives him, Gideon comes off as a sensitive soul who knows how risky it can be to appear too sensitive in a small town.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 16, 2011
The film's powerful meditation on masculinity gets much of its credibility and punch from the two leads, especially Morse, a reliable character actor who sinks his teeth into a role with heavy physical and psychological demands.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 16, 2011
David Morse, who's spent the last 20 years kicking around network television and building up an resume of impressive movie credits, establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 10, 2005
Gosling and Morse give strong performances in this bitter pill movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 10, 2003
Best movie I saw in 2002. Features a terrifyingly real performance by David Morse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
February 11, 2003
Montana's wide-open spaces -- and the closed hearts of the people who live there -- make for a sincere, superbly acted story of loss and need.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
January 24, 2003
A keen and compassionate drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
January 24, 2003
Clear, cold and yet uniquely sensitive, The Slaughter Rule isn't a by-the-book flick, but that's what makes it so good.
Justin Hartung
Citysearch
January 16, 2003
The movie has a richness that blows away most first features, not to mention most sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 12, 2003
Beautiful in its stark way.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 12, 2003
The film's real strength lies in two excellent performances, from veteran Morse and up-and-comer Gosling.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2003
Sex, alcohol, and the brutality of football. It may seem like a 'guy' movie, but the relationship struggles make this accessible to all audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
January 9, 2003
There's no miraculous 'Renegades rally from thirty points down in the last two minutes to win' nonsense here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
January 8, 2003
Its focus on the complex relationship between an emotionally wounded youth and the sexually ambiguous older man who mentors him is a welcome detour from genre routine.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 7, 2003
The lead performances could hardly be better.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
It has hints of greatness, but fails to completely realize them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 10, 2002
This promising but confused first film is best viewed as a touching portrait of thwarted, volatile male passion in a world where you could almost say that geography is destiny
| Original Score: 3/5
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