The Shooting
The Shooting (1967)

Adrien Joyce wrote this memorable, offbeat western about a mysterious woman who hires a gunman to escort her on a trek across the desert.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Shooting keeps making the Western genre feel new, as though it had no conventions.

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Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm

What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Doesn't ask to be taken as an existentialist mechanism per say, though it certainly functions as one.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An ambiguously motivated and almost surreal revenge film so open to interpretation it could be the '2001' of Westerns.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of my favorite Westerns.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An all-time great "B" Western with metaphysical undertones.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Hellman's superb frontier cryptogram

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If there ever was an existential Western, this one is it.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

The film's ending is a favorite amongst cultists and it acts as the paradigm of Camus' thinking: stoic, but humane, and advocating nature over violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
warren oates is so friggin' great in this film. the near constant air of menace is mostly down to him and the soundtrack. a very young jack nicholson gets… More
Conner Rainwater
A very unique movie, it's really basic and dreamy. It feels more like an acid trip than an actual movie, the camera never moves toward the focus of the… More
Eric Broome
Peculiar Western...existential, indeed. Millie Perkins sure was beautiful, but I think she's out of her depth as an actress here.