A Single Shot
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David M. Rosenthal's backwoods thriller starts with a bang: a single shot, aimed at a lone deer, that hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon (Sam Rockwell, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a desperate panic, he takes the cash - hiring a low-rent lawyer (William H. Macy, FARGO) to fight his wife's (Kelly Reilly, FLIGHT) divorce suit - and attempts to cover up the killing. But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in this tense cat-and-mouse struggle in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, "A Single Shot" is simultaneously understated and overpowering."
‑ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
"None of these characters, no matter how trashed-up for the down-market occasion, are believable."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A Single Shot is a confusing, overcomplicated little thriller."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Lands somewhere between a good novel and a deadly country song, all with the power to take hold and refuse to leave you be."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"When the plot kicks in, and people actually start talking to each other, the film loses most of its momentum, but it still has enough sections of terse, pointed physicality that the overriding sensation of brute, blunt force rarely lets up."
‑ Danny King, Paste Magazine
"Both predictable and outlandish."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Sam Rockwell is one of Hollywood's most underrated actors and he shows why that's the case again in A Single Shot, a rural, neo-noir thriller that slowly pulls the viewer under its veil of mystery."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"A fascinating lead character can't overcome the familiarity of this atmospheric low-budget thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A Single Shot assembles an outstanding, mostly under-appreciated, cast and with them crafts a tense, disquieting gothic fable led by the always preeminent Sam Rockwell."
‑ Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered
"Hillbilly noir, great cast, dueling beards."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
""A Single Shot" is a singular pleasure, and worth seeking out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The back story disappoints less for its convoluted nature than for its failure to create a convincing set of motivations for its characters."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"The movie's general weariness - nothing happy happens here - transitions from tasteful to overbearing."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"A Single Shot does not add up to anywhere near the sum of its parts, and as individually impressive as any of those parts might be (Rockwell), we are left with a film that, if not quite a Frankenstein's monster, is certainly patchworky."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"It's Rockwell - and Rockwell alone - who makes "A Single Shot" count."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
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