The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

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Taut and unpredictable, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek should satisfy suspense fans in the mood for a well-told story topped with a generous helping of violence.



Total Count: 47


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After a mass shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.

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Critic Reviews for The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (9)

  • ... an efficient, mechanical five-finger exercise written and directed by Henry Dunham.

    Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's an effective little thriller whose occasional flaws come mostly as a result of its considerable virtues, so you roll with it.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What makes The Standoff at Sparrow Creek special is how much it reminds you of stories of alpha males like Reservoir Dogs, The Thing, and Mamet's work without ever feeling wholly derivative.

    Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There is a timely element to "Sparrow Creek" that speaks to our current moment and mood in this country, but the simple, effective nature of Dunham's sharp storytelling makes him a talent to watch going forward.

    Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • There's nothing new in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek except the title.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • The gaps in logic might be easier to forgive if the movie's real-world resonances weren't so troubling.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

  • Jul 10, 2019
    Often undeniable tense, but the movie also feels a bit misguided in its supposed lack of a political agenda especially in regards to its central characters. Also, the final twist isn't earned.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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