Clay Pigeons

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  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. A film that delights by confounding expectations.
  3. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    80
    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.
  4. It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners. The sharp-edged film also looks terrific.
  5. Upon this fine mess shines Janeane Garofalo like a ray of sarcastic sunlight as FBI agent Shelby...With her gift for sweet bile, the sardonic Garofalo makes every second on screen a treasure to be cherished.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    The film, smoothly directed by David Dobkin, has a neat farcical structure but is too in love with its overly tight-lipped protagonist and deadpan pacing.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    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]
  8. Where it stumbles is in the script by Matt Healy, which is often clever, but never quite takes hold.
  9. 63
    Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill.
  10. The cast's control and Dobkin's assured pacing keep most of the funny things funny and make most of the scary things scary - while maintaining the tricky balance between humor and fear.
  11. 63
    The final half-hour contains enough contrivances and holes to challenge even the most generous movie-goer's suspension of disbelief.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2016
    7
    Some good shots, and a fantastic highlight reel from Vince can't hide the blemishes of how boring it can actually be. I also wasn't satisfiedSome good shots, and a fantastic highlight reel from Vince can't hide the blemishes of how boring it can actually be. I also wasn't satisfied with the conclusion -- infact it wasn't very clever or believable based on this history this movie creates for the characters. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »