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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 50
    John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

    Three story lines make up this tense movie, and while each has its strengths, they don't quite add up to a satisfying whole. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A painfully earnest but dramatically inert film. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Aric Avelino shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The structural sibling to Paul Haggis' race relations opus ("Crash"), but beyond the similarly interwoven vignettes, it's a different animal altogether: messier, more complicated and ultimately more interesting. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The overall effect of watching his film is a bit like a nerve-racking game of Russian roulette: You just know a gun is going to go off, but you don't know which of this multitude of characters it's going to hit. show more

  • 38
    New York Post

    It turns out the stories don't unite at all. Instead, we get a series of dramatic vignettes, most of them decently executed but all of them rooted in the weepy sensibility of TV movies. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    The last act of American Gun is quite possibly one of the most ridiculous and forced dramatic twists I've seen in years. show more

  • 50
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    All of the stories are conceived as ongoing plights, and have no third act. Which would be an improvement on Haggis's hyperbolic civics lesson if Avelino had the chops to master realism and embrace ambivalence. The acting is pro enough to keep your blood up, but the reverb is minimal. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    If American Gun avoids the most obvious kinds of sensationalism, it has the flaw common to many editorial broadsides of overstuffing its episodes with melodrama and symbolism. show more

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