Dead Man's Shoes
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Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother Anthony. When Richard leaves the rural village where they have grown up to join the army, Anthony is taken in by Sonny, a controlling and vicious local drug dealer and his gang of lads. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, Richard returns to settle the score. One by one, he hunts down each member of the gang and executes them in increasingly elaborate ways as flashbacks reveal the extent to which his brother suffered at their hands. "Dead Man's Shoes" is a genre-defying film blending… 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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