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Shotgun Stories

A longstanding feud erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to in order to protect their family.
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L.A. Weekly by

In this tense, lyrical and bone-spare slice-of-death drama by writer-director Jeff Nichols, Shannon gets a role tailored to his lanky Middle American boyishness and the demons peering from behind it.
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New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The movie makes you empathize with the rage that drives these young men to violence--but it also makes you see how manly action wipes out their individuality, their uniqueness, and turns them into archetypal meatheads.
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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.
83

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Well-plotted, with a strong lead performance by Michael Shannon, and a fair amount of authentic regional flavor. It isn't really meant to be a treatise on Southern life. At heart, it's a country-fried genre film, minus the peppery white gravy.
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. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd.

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