The Way of the Gun
The Way of the Gun (2000)

In this suspense thriller, two small-time crooks make a bid for the big time with disastrous results. Robin (Juliette Lewis) is carrying a child as a surrogate mother for a wealthy couple, Hale and Francesca Chidduck (Scott Wilson and… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 8, 2000
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Way of the Gun has some good parts, but overall, the movie is derivative, sloppy, and sluggish.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Both the picture and its nefarious plot seem self-consciously calculated.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Christopher McQuarrie makes a sluggishly paced directing debut.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Exceptionally violent movie -- not for kids.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The Way of the Gun sometimes trips over its own contrivance, especially at the ammo-ridden end. But most of the time McQuarrie and his cast -- especially Del Toro, Philippe, and Lewis delivering her best, grittiest work in years -- make it crackle.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In a way, [McQuarrie] almost seems motivated by the same things that drive his killers: desperation and loot.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

It boastfully claims roaring, bloodletting gunfire to do Sam Peckinpah proud, Joe Kraemer's throbbing percussive score (proving timpani should get more melodies) and any number of quotable, slick dialogue snippets. Swaggering, verbose, soulful and badass.

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Gemma Files

The Way Of The Gun errs once or twice on the side of needless poetry -- like most screenwriter/directors, McQuarrie is in love with the sound of his own snappy dialogue -- but never breaks its own rules or betrays its own characters.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At first you're surprised when you get the rug pulled out from under you. Eventually, if you're a quick study, you stop stepping on it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a tour-de-force of cinematic invention. But at the same time, it's just about the coldest, most pointless crime movie I've ever seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>The Way of the Gun</b> is a pretty good B-movie. The performances are pretty good by most. I usually really like Juliette Lewis, but I… More
Al S
A slick, stylish, funny, pistol-packing, pulse-pounding and wickedly entertaining thriller. Compelling, gripping and electrifying. It's fast, intense and… More
Chris Weber
Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie made his directorial debut with this slick little crime thriller that has an interesting take on going after… More
Cassandra Maples
Most action movies don't bother with such simple devices as plot, characters or an engaging storyline. Some would say that this is a genre strength, an… More
xGary Xx
A pair of small time crooks decide to gamble all on a big score when they kidnap the pregnant surrogate mother of a mobster's unborn child. Written and… More
Eric S
A brilliant film of two criminals portrayed by Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe who hold a surrogate mother for ransom as they seek an ultimate fortune. The… More