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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.
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Joe Leydon
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2003
Writer-directors Andrew and Alex Smith go for emotional truth, but what they come up with is often silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2003
Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those barren fields and blood-red clouds are doing plenty of work for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
January 23, 2003
None of the characters' troubled histories or transformations are as compelling as Gosling and Duvall's unforced emotional complexity would promise or merit.
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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.
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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2002
A coming-of-age tale that nicely exploits the ruggedness of rural Montana and the rough-hewn, often tenuous nature of male friendships in those parts.