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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners. The sharp-edged film also looks terrific. show more

  • 38
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The young Pigeon turks who no doubt think they've made a hip black comedy should be forced to see it in a theater of non-sycophants, where only an occasional exasperated exhale signifies the audience isn't dead yet. [25 Sept 1998] show more

  • 50
    New York Daily News

    Cold-blooded comedy. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill. show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The movie seems so convinced of its own entertainment value that it has neglected to factor in the elements that make a comedic thriller more than just a facile exercise -- i.e., suspense, tension, heart. Being amused by plot turns is not the same as caring, and Clay Pigeons never inspires you to grab your armrest or catch your breath. [25 Sept 1998] show more

  • 63
    San Francisco Examiner

    The cast's control and Dobkin's assured pacing keep most of the funny things funny and make most of the scary things scary - while maintaining the tricky balance between humor and fear. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The final half-hour contains enough contrivances and holes to challenge even the most generous movie-goer's suspension of disbelief. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Where it stumbles is in the script by Matt Healy, which is often clever, but never quite takes hold. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Much of the acting is energetically good. Moviegoers familiar with "Fargo" and "Red Rock West" will find this adventure eerily familiar. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    I don't want to say any more about the plot, it's just too much sick fun. show more

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