The Slaughter Rule
The Slaughter Rule (2002)

A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent coming-of-age drama. Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) is a high school senior in a small Montana town. Roy doesn't… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2003
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bleak but original indie, The Slaughter Rule benefits from outstanding performances by Ryan Gosling and David Morse.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Having made his name as a ferocious, self-hating Jewish skinhead in The Believer, 22-year-old Ryan Gosling gives another memorable performance as a lonely, world-hating fatherless quarterback in The Slaughter Rule.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

David Morse, who's spent the last 20 years kicking around network television and building up an resume of impressive movie credits, establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The writing and directing team of twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith have made an astonishingly good first feature.

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Joe Leydon

As compellingly played by Morse, a great actor who gives pic more than it gives him, Gideon comes off as a sensitive soul who knows how risky it can be to appear too sensitive in a small town.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Writer-directors Andrew and Alex Smith go for emotional truth, but what they come up with is often silly.

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Total Film

[Gosling] once again shows how magnetic he can be in challenging roles.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The film's powerful meditation on masculinity gets much of its credibility and punch from the two leads, especially Morse, a reliable character actor who sinks his teeth into a role with heavy physical and psychological demands.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those barren fields and blood-red clouds are doing plenty of work for them.

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Cole Smithey

Gosling and Morse give strong performances in this bitter pill movie.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Slaughter Rule", Roy(Ryan Gosling) is not having the best of weeks - his father is killed, then he is cut from his high… More