• Released
  • January 24, 2003
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • Drama
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Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
The lead performances could hardly be better: Gosling, having stolen and propped up entire movies last year ("Murder by Numbers" and "The...
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80

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Actor David Morse establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.
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80

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Though some of Slaughter Rule's conclusions are overly tidy, the film's powerful meditation on masculinity gets much of its credibility and...
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A bleak, lyrical meditation on the frontier spirit and American machismo and its torments.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This well-acted melodrama paints a convincing portrait of its Montana milieu, and its best scenes suggest real insights into the...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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...
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A good-looking, if imperfectly plotted, coming-of-age feature -- that doesn't quite manage to sidestep the clichéd...
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60

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
The best thing about The Slaughter Rule -- is that the film refuses to succumb to the temptation of a glorious Hollywood feel-good happy...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film's real strength lies in two excellent performances, from veteran Morse and up-and-comer Gosling.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An overwrought drama.
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