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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Who would have guessed that sex, drugs and double-crossing could be so unrelentingly boring? show more

  • 30
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Both the director and writer show such patchy story sense that a lot of the buildup to the final bloodshed and malevolence registers as suspense-free clutter. show more

  • 55

    By the end, Macy's presence is just one part of what makes A Single Shot recall the Coen brothers' "Fargo." That film's now-famous wood-chipper scene can seem strangely tame a decade and a half on, but it still has a lesson to teach: When you show violence in a story that's not really about violence, there'd better be more of a point than just making us squirm. show more

  • 75
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Content to faithfully hew to convention, A Single Shot rarely surprises, but its portrait of foolishness and fallibility, and its atmosphere of inevitable doom, remain sturdy and captivating. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    In lieu of suspense, Rosenthal relies on a mood of free-floating anxiety, enhanced by West Virginia (actually British Columbia) landscapes where the sun never shines. As one-note as the title suggests, A Single Shot misfires. show more

  • 50

    An odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, A Single Shot is simultaneously understated and overpowering. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    What passes for a plot has been done a thousand times before — in much better films than A Single Shot. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    A Single Shot never rises to the level of a great film like “Winter’s Bone,” which digs much deeper in its depiction of life in the hills among the desperate poor. But thanks largely to Rockwell, it’s not bad, either. show more

  • 70
    Jen Chaney The Dissolve

    Its ongoing reveal of interconnected, rough-edged characters, as well as a tone that’s a twangy, noirish brew of the Coen brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Winter’s Bone, are ultimately what make the movie unsettling and absorbing. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Garrett Time Out New York

    Rockwell’s performance is impressively flinty, as is the rest of the cast (including William H. Macy delivering some twitchy character work), and the dialogue sparkles with brilliantly colorful mountain-man slang. Despite its byzantine narrative, the film remains never less than absorbing, as the walls slowly close in on this good-hearted but ultimately flawed protagonist. show more

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