Small Town Murder Songs
Small Town Murder Songs (2011)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

"Small Town Murder Songs" moves so deliberately, with such confident authority, that every small event takes on cumulative significance...

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David Fear
Time Out

A redemption parable that occasionally finds balladlike lyricism in its biblical solemnity and oddball Lynchian rhythms.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

... 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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone."

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Boldly succinct yet confident enough to take its time.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

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.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece, a story of alternately repressed and exploding passion.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A small-town Ontario sheriff in a Mennonite community must confront the demons of his past when his ex-lover's boyfriend is the prime suspect of a murder.… More
Walter M.
"Small Town Murder Songs" starts with Walter(Peter Stormare), a police chief, being baptized. That cannot prepare him emotionally for the discovery… More
danny d
if not for the terrible soundtrack i might have even rated this film a half a star higher. the music didnt fit in almost any scene of the entire film. having… More
Francisco Godinho
It wears a bit thin even on it's short running time. Would like to see more on some secondary characters.
Daniel Perry
FIRST FLIXSTER REVIEW! I liked this gritty little film. Understated performances all around in a dark and quite depressing story about a town a lot like the… More

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