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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Pour cette œuvre fort séduisante qui se déroule dans le sud de l'Arkansas profond et rural, nous sommes confronté, avec efficacité et subtilité, à un douloureux affrontement bicéphale entre deux familles rancunières, oscillant sans cesse entre drame intimiste et tragédie antique... www.cinefiches.com

  2. Philippe P. Marchetti's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Talking about making a great first film. There you go. Probably as good as James Gray first film "little odessa". I love Nichols.

  3. Sol Petchorine's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Re-watched and re-loved. Masterpiece.

  4. mattywuh's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

  5. Levi Miah's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Shades of Nichols to come (and undoubtedly an influence on modern Southern Gothic thrillers), his debut is a Linklater-meets-Mad-Max serene revenge tale. Without yet having fully realized his metaphysical and surrealistic elements, Nichols instead tiptoes through material light as the breeze travelling through the soundtrack, giving Southern reality a meditative, contemplative touch. An intro to one of the best.

  6. JHarry's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Acting was woody at times, but character personalities were realistic and interesting in their contrasting nature. Cinematography was appropriately low-key. Overall, a well shot story with a poignant message about the cyclical nature of revenge and the results of pacifism.

  7. Cinemarco's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    i truly believable insight on the "other" america and a very good movie to watch in these days considering what is going in on in the US right now. i loved the direction and found Michael Shannon's performance as leading character really strong.

  8. anthony's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Gees. Hits you hard. then it hits you harder. A part of USA thats hidden away from mainstream media, if you exclude the ill disciplined use of gun element :/

  9. Emmet Holmes-Boyes's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Slick production with strong performances and characters all round. Beautiful cinematography. The general theme and journey was a little boring and felt like an echo of many films before.

  10. Valentin Alexandru's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

  11. andrew's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Good character study, great setting, not sure the grudge would have played out in quite that way.

  12. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Very good, 3.5. Believable characters, well acted, atmospheric small town drama. Vengeance is a terrible thing. Good final scene.

  13. Steve G.'s rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Blood is thicker than shot.

  14. dannyjp1981's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Jeff Nichols' feature debut is a beautifully shot film about the consequences and cycle of violence, with memorable performances, judicious editing and great use of music. Looking back now, one of the greatest pleasures is seeing the potential Nichols has promised here being fully realised in later works like Take Shelter and Midnight Special, as well as the influence the film has had on works such as Blue Ruin.

  15. SiIencio's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Stories is a film about its director, a defining keystone of his abilities as film-maker. Despite the indomitable youth and uncompromising ingenuity displayed in the film, it is also palpable the naivety and shallowness across it all. The film is poorly rooted, barely credible, reasons are often confused and a string of monotonous performances do nothing but emphasizing the lack of tension and purpose all along.

  16. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Fantastic performances (with Shannon at his usual level of brilliance) and a constant sense of an approaching storm make this a solid debut from Nichols.

  17. Ethan Hodson's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

  18. Al Green's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    The director acted with great restraint here. The silences in what is unsaid after the key scene are what make this film.

  19. Luke Corradine's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    I have come to look at Nichols as an undiluted, undistilled version of Alexander Payne. This, his first, has the kick of a buffalo and the narrative finesse of a oeuvre majeure. Brother Ben does an excellent job at creating as enduring a music signature as the film itself.

  20. eoin's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Beautifully understated. Nichols' camera is a subdued observer to a quietly pulsing tale of love, hate, bitterness and pride. Michael Shannon is mesmerizing.

  21. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    3.6. The shotgun, while instrumental, is also incidental. As in Mud, the real draw here is Nichols' deceptively casual, laconically insightful depiction of a very particular, currently somewhat notorious sector of American culture, as realized via the director's fond but not uncritical focus on a set of deftly realized characters, who, bemused, eccentric, doomed by degrees, are never reducible to stereotypes.

  22. Inês Moreira Santos's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

  23. darth_david@msn.com's rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    Muy buena película sobre la futilidad de la venganza. Me encanta Jeff Nichols. Es una de las mejores caras del cine joven, diferente e independiente de EEUU.

  24. ana v.'s rating of the film Shotgun Stories

    class, discreet, thank you

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