Gramercy Pictures (I) | Release Date: September 25, 1998 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 26 Critics
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Script, setting, attitude, and especially casting add up to a smart exercise in dark comedy that's never over-the-top funny, but always engaging for its clever details.
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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]
60
An OK debut effort, but like so many "Pulp Fiction" wannabes, it lacks freshness and energy.
50
Cold-blooded comedy.
38
The young Pigeon turks who no doubt think they've made a hip black comedy should be forced to see it in a theater of non-sycophants, where only an occasional exasperated exhale signifies the audience isn't dead yet. [25 Sept 1998]