American Gun
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James Coburn stars in this disappointing drama about a man who tracks the gun he believes killed his daughter. Living out his twilight years in a dreary, snowbound Vermont town, tragedy strikes when his beloved daughter (Virginia Madsen) returns home for the holidays. While out doing some last minute shopping, she is shot and killed, seemingly by a nameless local thug. Crushed by her tragic and sudden death Coburn's hard-working everyman falls to pieces and decides to set out on in search of the weapon that laid the final blow. Also in search of his estranged granddaughter, Coburn… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[It's] what happens when a director makes a movie based on what he imagines to be true, instead of what's actually so."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The film comes closer to doing for firearms what "Jurassic Park 3" did for dinosaurs. It showed lots of 'em, had them kill a few people and made you wish it would end sooner than it did."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Contrived, pedantic and ultimately a tedious bore."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"nothing special"
‑ Christopher Null,
"There isn't a false moment on screen for Coburn, who can do no wrong."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Martin internalizes everything, and Coburn must communicate only through pained looks. It's a tremendous performance."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Coburn is the whole show. Disregard the melodrama, and take it instead as a tone poem documenting the final, wintery ride of an irreplaceably magnificent bastard."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Gives the gun control debate a real shot in the arm (no pun intended). Whether it succeeds or fails as a story is largely irrelevant - it at least tries to be great."
‑ Oz,
"Tries to do way too much, what with its anti-gun message, its warm family drama, its pointless flashbacks to World War II, its real-meaning- of-Christmas and, worst of all, its fake-out structure."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"mawkish, unfocused"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Getting a lot of quality cinema out of a tight budget, Jacobs (Just One Night) takes some risks in the storytelling department that result in a film that encourages one to think long and hard about the subject of guns."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Its intentions are good, at least if you share the film's wariness of guns, but the execution so earnest as to be joyless."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Right up until [the] fatal last reel, American Gun is a mostly engaging and intriguing character study of an expectedly determined man."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Anyone who has seen In the Bedroom will feel a sense of déjà vu during American Gun, and the latter will not be well-served by the inevitable comparisons."
‑ Jeff Schwager, Boxoffice Magazine
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