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Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    75
    The structural sibling to Paul Haggis' race relations opus ("Crash"), but beyond the similarly interwoven vignettes, it's a different animal altogether: messier, more complicated and ultimately more interesting.
  3. 75
    Aric Avelino shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult.
  4. If American Gun avoids the most obvious kinds of sensationalism, it has the flaw common to many editorial broadsides of overstuffing its episodes with melodrama and symbolism.
  5. 42
    The Sutherland segments are the most bothersome, because they never really reach a resolution, and because they're betrayed by Avelino's uni-faceted approach.
  6. A painfully earnest but dramatically inert film.
  7. 30
    This is "Crash" with gun violence substituted for racism, although the tone of director–co-writer Aric Avelino's debut feature may be closer to one of those pious public-safety films that used to be shown to schoolchildren in order to frighten them out of potential bad behavior.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4

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