American Gun
American Gun (2002)

James Coburn stars in this disappointing drama about a man who tracks the gun he believes killed his daughter. Living out his twilight years in a dreary, snowbound Vermont town, tragedy strikes when his beloved daughter (Virginia Madsen)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
AV Club

[It's] what happens when a director makes a movie based on what he imagines to be true, instead of what's actually so.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The film comes closer to doing for firearms what "Jurassic Park 3" did for dinosaurs. It showed lots of 'em, had them kill a few people and made you wish it would end sooner than it did.

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Dan Jardine

Contrived, pedantic and ultimately a tedious bore.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Martin internalizes everything, and Coburn must communicate only through pained looks. It's a tremendous performance.

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Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury

Coburn is the whole show. Disregard the melodrama, and take it instead as a tone poem documenting the final, wintery ride of an irreplaceably magnificent bastard.

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Gives the gun control debate a real shot in the arm (no pun intended). Whether it succeeds or fails as a story is largely irrelevant - it at least tries to be great.

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Getting a lot of quality cinema out of a tight budget, Jacobs (Just One Night) takes some risks in the storytelling department that result in a film that encourages one to think long and hard about the subject of guns.

Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Its intentions are good, at least if you share the film's wariness of guns, but the execution so earnest as to be joyless.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Right up until [the] fatal last reel, American Gun is a mostly engaging and intriguing character study of an expectedly determined man.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
All I can say about this film with out giving anything away is WOW. James Coburn played an excellent part, just a shame to see him in his elder years all… More