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The Slaughter Rule Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 7, 2003
The lead performances could hardly be better.
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
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.