American Gun
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Three stories of how America's obsession with firearms impacts its citizens are explored in this independent drama. Carl Wilk (Donald Sutherland) runs a gun shop in Virginia that has been owned and operated by his family for generations. Carl sees the shop as his family's legacy without paying much mind to what happens with the weapons he sells. When his granddaughter Mary Ann (Linda Cardellini) needs money for college, Carl gives her a job in the store, and while she's hesitant at first, she becomes fascinated with the merchandise as time passes. On the West Side of Chicago, Carl… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a bit like watching a weaker version of Crash, with fewer coincidences."
‑ John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"While not a perfect movie by any means -- a few scenes feel forced -- there is plenty to recommend it, even beyond the truly great performances."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"A fitting send off to one of America's best actors who dominates the screen."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Full of grating hysterics and solemn symbolism."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"[T]his is no bit of cheap exploitation created merely to rake in some dough. But purity of motives aside, the film simply isn't very good."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The guns seem to have been shoved in various characters' pockets as afterthought, and Avelino's interlocking stories never click."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"It's so well done."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A moving morality play indicting America for its ongoing love affair with the Second Amendment."
‑ Kam Williams,
"It isn't trite or strident - it doesn't shout or pound the desk - and, in a way, its own thoughtfulness is its worst enemy."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Despite a few effective moments, Gun ... never makes the big statement it seems to be reaching for."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"[Avelino] shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"takes too many shortcuts and easy-outs in exploring the issue"
‑ Christopher Null,
"American Gun arrives in theaters too late to really make a difference or say anything new on the subject of school shootings."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"What we're left with after watching "American Gun" isn't a sense of who's right or who's wrong, but more of a sadness that so many people feel so powerless and afraid that they think owning a gun will set things right."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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