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A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. -- (C) Official Site
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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""Small Town Murder Songs" moves so deliberately, with such confident authority, that every small event takes on cumulative significance..."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A redemption parable that occasionally finds balladlike lyricism in its biblical solemnity and oddball Lynchian rhythms."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"... the film is only an hour-and-a-quarter long, and that's just as well; spells are hard to sustain. Yet it's big enough."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Stormare's performance towers over the flimsy story. Besides the effective ensemble acting, another asset is the outstanding cinematography. This captivatingly haunting crime drama never gets tiresome and knows when to bring the..."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"For all that Small Town Murder Songs hints at, there isn't enough delivery here."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone.""
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Boldly succinct yet confident enough to take its time."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Atmospherically steeped in rural noir. . .Stormare's agonized face keeps the focus on more a tormented character study than a mystery. . .greatly heightened by rootsy songs."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Why are recent movies about small towns with murderous secrets so good?"
‑ Jason Heck, Kansas City Star
"While it's easy to admire the unique stylistic accents director Ed Gass-Donnelly fearlessly applies to his northern Ontario murder mystery, it's not so easy to enjoy them."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
"The soundtrack ... goes miles toward making what would be an unmanageably dour experience into an acute emotional resonance; the songs are freed to say more than the characters onscreen."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece, a story of alternately repressed and exploding passion."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"A lawman seeking redemption can't seem to escape sin in Ed Gass-Donnelly's haunting, rural drama."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"The force in Stormare's performance is enough to suggest we've witnessed only a fraction of the character's anguish."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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