Shotgun Stories Synopsis
Two sets of half brothers start feuding after their father dies.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
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...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a tense and sorrowful film where common sense struggles with blood lust.
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90

Los Angeles Times

An understated gem. Writer-director Jeff Nichols, making his feature debut, has created a richly textured world.
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80

The New York Times

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The film is a here-and-now American potboiler and a stripped-down parable that can be appreciated by any culture.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The cast deliver consistently fine, subtle performances, underscored by Ben Nichols' mournfully melodic guitar score.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue - these are common currency in indie movies these days....
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75

Chicago Tribune

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Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Features a riveting performance by Michael Shannon as oldest son Son. He's definitely an actor to watch.
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60

Empire

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

By Dr_FeelGood
Superb acting all around, most notably by lead actor Michael Shannon. A great story. I was really impressed that the film didn't rely on stereotypes of Arkansas or life in a small town. This...

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Rated PG-13 | For violence, thematic elements and brief strong language