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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue - these are common currency in indie movies these days. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a tense and sorrowful film where common sense struggles with blood lust. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The cast deliver consistently fine, subtle performances, underscored by Ben Nichols' mournfully melodic guitar score. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It's rare that a picture that deals with as much tragedy as this one also manages to convey as much warmth to its characters. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Features a riveting performance by Michael Shannon as oldest son Son. He's definitely an actor to watch. show more

  • 60

    An interesting first effort from Nichols - making him a director to look out for in the future. show more

  • 100
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    An allegory of our times, Shotgun Stories is a tragedy of biblical scale and an intimate family drama. Unlike the more lauded films of last year, which glorified a national preoccupation with bloody deeds, Shotgun Stories is a passionate cry to end the violence and a reminder that we, as free individuals, have the power to determine our own destinies. show more

  • 90
    Los Angeles Times

    An understated gem. Writer-director Jeff Nichols, making his feature debut, has created a richly textured world. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    The film is a here-and-now American potboiler and a stripped-down parable that can be appreciated by any culture. show more

  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    Slow moving and low budget treatment of revenge. Nothing new here to add to the subject.

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