At Close Range
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"General audiences will respond to the very strong performances of the two leads, especially Walken in one of his best roles."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Penn and Walken [are] at the top of their forms in roles that give them a lot to work with."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Brittle and rough; full of excellent performances, too."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Christopher Walken's hair and bushy mustache almost make the maudlin At Close Range worth watching, but not quite."
‑ Christopher Null,
"If you like your drama dark and your taste in acting favours the credible-looking but verbally challenged Sean Penn, then you'll likely find At Close Range an interesting movie choice."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Less than intoxicating."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Relentlessly grim, At Close Range offers a frightening glimpse at the dark side of American life and poses disturbing questions about family ties."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though beginning as a tale about alienated youth, the film quickly devolves into a melodrama of a son (Sean Penn) corrupted by his own father (Christopher Walken) in a valueless world."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the most underrated thrillers of it's time"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"There's something bold about the film's wealth of imagery, but it also so overstates the material of the screenplay that it eventually annihilates both it and the story."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Engaging performances by Penn and Walken can't quite turn this brutal curio into something more substantial."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A riveting film about murder, the father-son relationship gone bad and the high cost of rejecting the view that might makes right."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
""a dark jewel of a drama, with first-rate performances""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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