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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.
Score distribution:
  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
    Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill.
  4. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    60
    An OK debut effort, but like so many "Pulp Fiction" wannabes, it lacks freshness and energy.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Visual flourishes (handsomely lensed by Eric Edwards on Utah locales standing in for Montana) are polished but derivative, with too many time-lapse sky views, reminiscent of Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho."
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Garden
    40
    Perhaps this will seem fresh and interesting years down the road, when the self-aware-thriller genre has long played out, but for now, it's a tired horse that should have been put down in the pitch meeting.
  7. 10
    It's never clear, by the way, why any of this is supposed to be even remotely funny...This is the kind of movie asinine enough to believe that the mere juxtaposition of sadistic violence and a jaunty tune on the soundtrack is, in itself, clever.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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 to watch over again. Expand

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