At Close Range
At Close Range (1986)

True story of an aimless Pennsylvania teen who is drawn in to his father's life of crime. Powerful performances by all!

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 18, 1986
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

General audiences will respond to the very strong performances of the two leads, especially Walken in one of his best roles.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Penn and Walken [are] at the top of their forms in roles that give them a lot to work with.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's finish is far more grim and bleak than one could possibly have anticipated.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Less than intoxicating.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Director James Foley and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan expertly recreate that part of America that feels like it should exist under a rock with the clammy mud and scurrying insects, and their efforts are supported by an intense performance from Walken.

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TV Guide

Relentlessly grim, At Close Range offers a frightening glimpse at the dark side of American life and poses disturbing questions about family ties.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There's something bold about the film's wealth of imagery, but it also so overstates the material of the screenplay that it eventually annihilates both it and the story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A grim true story thriller that never relents in its violence.

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Empire Magazine

Engaging performances by Penn and Walken can't quite turn this brutal curio into something more substantial.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Fact is stranger than fiction. And it was so in this case. I found the real events on which the movie was based to be creepier than the movie itself. I was… More
jd cryptic
Excellent movie! Relentlessly intense and depressing. Powerhouse performances by Sean Penn and Christopher Walken. At Close Range is based on the true story of… More
Aj V
Yes, this movie is based on a true story, but true stories aren't always that good as movies. I liked some of this movie, it's got some good actors,… More
Lady D'arbanville
It was clear to see in this film what a great actor Sean Penn was going to become. A very slender Chris Penn plays his on and off screen brother and the… More
Eric S
Christopher Walken and Sean Penn star in this much overlooked film from 1986 regarding a family of small-time criminals. Walken plays Brad Whitewood Sr., the… More
Mike T.
A lot of the character connections in this movie feel stilted and never quite take on a sense of reality. This is in large part due to the staging by director… More