A Single Shot Synopsis
A single shot, aimed at a lone deer, that hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon, watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body.When he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter...

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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
The suspense comes and goes, but A Single Shot always maintains a firm grip on its sad, deteriorating environment.
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80

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
David M. Rosenthal's sturdy, nasty rural noir, based on Matthew F. Jones's novel, is so sharp and rusted through that, after taking it in,...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
The film charts no new territory but is terrifically cast and, like its source novel, long on atmosphere.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
Content to faithfully hew to convention, A Single Shot rarely surprises, but its portrait of foolishness and fallibility, and its...
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
A Single Shot never rises to the level of a great film like “Winter’s Bone,” which digs much deeper in its depiction of life in the hills...
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70

The Dissolve

By Jen Chaney
Its ongoing reveal of interconnected, rough-edged characters, as well as a tone that’s a twangy, noirish brew of the Coen brothers, Alfred...
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60

Time Out New York

By Stephen Garrett
Rockwell’s performance is impressively flinty, as is the rest of the cast (including William H. Macy delivering some twitchy character...
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55

NPR

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By the end, Macy's presence is just one part of what makes A Single Shot recall the Coen brothers' "Fargo." That film's now-famous...
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50

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
In lieu of suspense, Rosenthal relies on a mood of free-floating anxiety, enhanced by West Virginia (actually British Columbia) landscapes...
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50

RogerEbert.com

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An odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, A Single Shot is simultaneously understated and overpowering.
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Rated R | For for some strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and brief drug use