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: 51%

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"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 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
"Both predictable and outlandish."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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
""A Single Shot" is a singular pleasure, and worth seeking out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"There at the center of the film is Rockwell, as good an actor as there is working today."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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
"It's a small story, but it's tied into the part of America that's been affected by larger financial instability, the corruption of drugs, and the lack of education and opportunity."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
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