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  • Summary: Lester Long (Vaughn) has a firm handshake, a ready smile, and some strange ideas about friendship in this 90's noir. As dead bodies start piling up in a small Montana town, Lester burrows his way into Clay's (Phoenix) life and plays a twisted game of shifted blame and double-cross.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    80
    I don't want to say any more about the plot, it's just too much sick fun.
  2. It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners. The sharp-edged film also looks terrific.
  3. 63
    The movie seems so convinced of its own entertainment value that it has neglected to factor in the elements that make a comedic thriller more than just a facile exercise -- i.e., suspense, tension, heart. Being amused by plot turns is not the same as caring, and Clay Pigeons never inspires you to grab your armrest or catch your breath. [25 Sept 1998]
  4. Much of the acting is energetically good. Moviegoers familiar with "Fargo" and "Red Rock West" will find this adventure eerily familiar.
  5. "You've got a sense of humor, I like that," Lester Long proclaims at one point. Well, we all like that, but would it be asking too much to have a little coherence to go along with it?
  6. 10
    If you get your jollies from watching women being shot, stabbed and humiliated, you’ll love video director David Dobkin’s pointlessly grisly, tediously derivative feature debut.

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  1. JYT
    Jul 29, 2012
    9
    A very good movie that started the trend of forensic crime dama on tv. It is also well acted by all characters, well filmed and a movie toA very good movie that started the trend of forensic crime dama on tv. It is also well acted by all characters, well filmed and a movie to watch over again. Expand

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