The Way of the Gun - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Way of the Gun Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Exceptionally violent movie -- not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
December 2, 2010
It boastfully claims roaring, bloodletting gunfire to do Sam Peckinpah proud, Joe Kraemer's throbbing percussive score (proving timpani should get more melodies) and any number of quotable, slick dialogue snippets. Swaggering, verbose, soulful and badass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
It's a tour-de-force of cinematic invention. But at the same time, it's just about the coldest, most pointless crime movie I've ever seen.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 6, 2005
An odd mingling of the old and the no-longer-quite-so-new, a picture that shows flashes of wit but as a whole doesn't hang together.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
It wants to keep you guessing, but there are so many twists and turns that I gave up trying to guess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine
June 1, 2003
one hell of a sick, exhilarating roller coaster ride through Modern Film Noire Land
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Both the picture and its nefarious plot seem self-consciously calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 24, 2003
The movie has a bunch of great individual scenes, but as a whole, the thing never gels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Wants to be one of these violent, manly yet provocative films, but unfortunately it unfurls as more of a big budgeted student film; a collage of borrowed images paying homage to great directors.
| Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Brutal scenes are undercut with lyricism and deadpan wit.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
A two-hour marathon of deceit, murder and mayhem with absolutely no point or interest.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A wild, gory tale full of violence, to be sure. But it is also full of intrigue, and the distinctive stamp of a born storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
Certainly, [it] has a passive watchability but it never does anything new or different with its material
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Venable
June 28, 2002
This to me is what seeing movies is all about. I was thoroughly entertained and had no idea what was coming next.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 20, 2002
Pleasing in the most superficial of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
So well-written, so clever, so innovative, and so aware of its place in the grand scheme of things that it is strangely empty of anything except technical skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Phillips
April 17, 2001
McQuarrie's entire roster strains the limits of character likability to the breaking point, and no amount of plot twists, double-crosses, or hidden alliances can help us relate to or even tolerate anyone on screen.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
replaces Tarantino's hip polish with a grave existentialism that is more reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah or the early films of William Friedkin
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
February 15, 2001
The screenplay has some great dialogue and some memorable scenes. But the story was just too confusing.
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February 14, 2001
Buen intento que se queda en el camino
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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