Clay Pigeons
Clay Pigeons (1998)

In small-town Mercer, Montana, easy-going gas-station attendant Clay Bidwell endures a comical nightmare that begins when his best buddy Earl finds out Clay's been sleeping with his wife. Things become even more complicated -- and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score
63%
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67%



Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Harvey
Variety

Slanted as a black comedy, but fails to secure the sufficiently outre tone (let alone any real suspense) needed to make it more than a middling retread.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Call this one Fargo Lite, and you won't be far off the mark.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

This quirky comedy thriller, produced by Ridley Scott, is both blackly funny and, at times, tensely disturbing and quite macabre.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

This is one of those motion pictures where the director (David Dobkin, in his feature debut) and the writer (Matt Healy) are so concerned about developing a clever, serpentine plot that they forget that there has to be a credible ending.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Vince Vaughn may play the two best movie serial killers this year if his Norman Bates rendition can match his performance in Clay Pigeons.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"You've got a sense of humor, I like that," Lester Long proclaims at one point. Well, we all like that, but would it be asking too much to have a little coherence to go along with it?

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A film that delights by confounding expectations.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An okay little High Plains Noir, but it unravels at the end.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
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"What an interesting film. I didn't really know much about it before seeing it. But with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix being in the film, you… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Sheriff Mooney: Promise me something there, will you? Clay Bidwell: What's that? Sheriff Mooney: Promise you'll stop finding dead people. This is a… More
Melvin White
Clay Pigeons is a very odd but good indie thriller. It's David Dobkins; who would later go on to direct the more commercially successful Wedding Crashers,… More
Michael Gildea
Not great, not bad.
Tim Salmons
A very unlikely cast of people in an unlikely production from Scott Free makes for good bedfellows. First and foremost, this is a discussion film. You are NOT… More
Cameron Johnson
Ah, the early days of Joaquin Phoenix; back when he first changed his name from Leaf Phoenix; though maybe he could have gone with a better name than Clay… More