Dead Man's Shoes
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Richard (Paddy Considine of In America) returns to the rural region of Derbyshire, where he grew up, after seven years in the military. His mentally challenged brother, Anthony (newcomer Toby Kebbell), tags along. Something awful has happened to Anthony, and Richard means to set things right. Richard angrily confronts Herbie (Stuart Wolfenden), a small-time drug dealer, in the local pub, then creepily apologizes to him a few minutes later outside. Herbie runs to his mates and tells them what happened, but before they have a chance to respond, they find that they're targets. Richard starts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Film plays as a quirky Brit riff on everything from U.S. slasher pics to revenge oaters but without Meadows' usual psychological complexity."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"There's a hint of Shakespeare's goriest tragedies here, sucked dry of any attendant heart, emotional depth or compelling human interest."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"An original, complex, and utterly gruesome revenge parable..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Startlingly powerful, slightly loopy take on the revenge flick . . . offers a wry authenticity that the too-stylish, tough guys and gals in Tarantino's wanna-be-epics of retribution can't exude."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Though Meadows makes a lot of it, he mucks it up before it's over."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"In a swift 86 minutes, director Meadows and co-writer/star Considine give us a methodical, handsome, emotionally intelligent version of the revenge flick."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A poor fit for anyone. And that includes even the undiscriminating gorehounds looking for yet another bloody slice of payback."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The film is further proof that revenge, even when served as a cold dish as this is, ends up being far too chewy for a satisfying movie meal"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The whole thing leaves a bad taste in your mouth."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"In the end, the picture's more pulp than juice."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Meadows ... very slowly builds to a powerful climax for this arty cross between Straw Dogs and First Blood."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Isn't a mess, but it's sure no competition for Winchester 73, Once Upon a Time in the West or even Kill Bill, films in which payback really is a bitch."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"What's intriguing is that Meadows makes us identify with these small-time hoods, even as he's setting up their executions."
‑ , Sydney Morning Herald
"Despite the fact that there is little left to the imagination, the movie is enthralling."
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