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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An overwrought drama. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    What it offers are dozens of intimate moments that feel so true, they achieve a rare kind of grace. This sensitive indie drama was written and directed by brothers - and first-time feature filmmakers. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This well-acted melodrama paints a convincing portrait of its Montana milieu, and its best scenes suggest real insights into the paradoxical attitudes toward masculinity and sexuality that American men often feel compelled to assume. show more

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A good-looking, if imperfectly plotted, coming-of-age feature -- that doesn't quite manage to sidestep the clichéd sport-as-metaphor-for-life trap. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film's real strength lies in two excellent performances, from veteran Morse and up-and-comer Gosling. show more

  • 60
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    The best thing about The Slaughter Rule -- is that the film refuses to succumb to the temptation of a glorious Hollywood feel-good happy ending. show more

  • 90
    Dennis Lim Village Voice

    The lead performances could hardly be better: Gosling, having stolen and propped up entire movies last year ("Murder by Numbers" and "The Believer"), crackles with the economical intensity of a young Tim Roth. Morse, who has racked up decades worth of idiosyncratic character parts, is monumental in this career-peak turn. show more

  • 80
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Though some of Slaughter Rule's conclusions are overly tidy, the film's powerful meditation on masculinity gets much of its credibility and punch from the two leads, especially Morse, a reliable character actor who sinks his teeth into a role with heavy physical and psychological demands. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    A bleak, lyrical meditation on the frontier spirit and American machismo and its torments. show more

  • 80
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Actor David Morse establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith. show more

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