Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. 80
    If you're interested in heavy-lidded moodiness and lots of attitude, Phillippe and Del Toro can't be beat.
  2. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    80
    A tiny slice of bleak, black near-perfection.
  3. 80
    May feel redundant, but it is stylish and intelligent.
  4. It's good fun for bad boys.
  5. All the players deliver performances that kill.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    75
    Gives new meaning to the phrase "not for the squeamish."
  7. Plays like an unusually ritzy festival circuit audition film, though McQuarrie, it must be said, aces the audition.
  8. 70
    Way of the Gun is a self-consciously American odyssey.
  9. 63
    There's a good story buried somewhere in this melee.
  10. What pulls us along through the inky shoals of The Way of the Gun? Sheer style, plus the movie's refusal to play nice.
  11. 63
    Sporadically engrossing in a pulpy kind of way.
  12. A confused, empty, only occasionally funny mess of a movie.
  13. 63
    Falters seriously is its too-leisurely pacing.
  14. So many characters to keep track of, so little time!
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Sometimes trips over its own contrivance, especially at the ammo-ridden end.
  16. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    60
    Each of the talented thesps has some good moments, but, ultimately, none can rise above the limitations of the material and filmmaking.
  17. Edgy, hard-boiled crime drama that is very much in this Tarantino-esque tradition.
  18. 42
    An empty, affected exercise, executed with just enough style to make you wish McQuarrie had a motive beyond his own career.
  19. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    40
    In the end the film has absolutely nothing to say.
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Mikulan
    40
    Isn't a bad film, but as we watch it we're constantly rewriting it in our minds to make it a better one.
  21. This film is no "Usual Suspects," because there is no twist, no gotcha.
  22. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    40
    An implement of destruction loaded with more borrowed film riffs than could be compiled by 47 clones of Robert Rodriguez..
  23. Rotten, pretentious movie full of minimalist dialogue and self-consciously arty cinematography.
  24. 25
    As ugly, excessive and vulgar as "The Usual Suspects" was stylish, subtle and suave.
  25. 20
    Doesn't deliver an ounce of charm.
  26. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    20
    What aims at being terrifying is just loud and goofy.
  27. The directorial debut of the writer of "The Usual Suspects" keeps tossing the genre hand grenades one might expect, but they all wind up duds.
  28. A lot of uninteresting and unpleasant people torture, abuse, and fire guns at a lot of other uninteresting and unpleasant people, in a repulsive, interminable would-be crime thriller.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    The thinking man's Pulp Fiction. Yes, I liked it too, but this is way better. If you're looking for sympathetic characters, you'll hate thisThe thinking man's Pulp Fiction. Yes, I liked it too, but this is way better. If you're looking for sympathetic characters, you'll hate this movie. Chris McQuarrie very deliberately cut a favorite dialogue from this movie because it evoked sympathy for one of the characters. ALL are flawed, such is life.

    I've run into a couple people who tell me, "I just couldn't get past Ryan Phillippe." He fits the role and works very well with it, whatever else he's done (I've seen nothing else he's been in so I don't have a bias.) Benicio is pretty great in this, Caan is wonderful.

    Dialogue is grand. You get little scenes that by themselves are gems but put together in this movie sequence can have a gut-punching effect. The poetry of the entire film taken as a whole is so good, you'll want to replay it from the beginning once you see the end.

    REWATCHABLE: yes
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  2. Apr 12, 2013
    7
    It does seem a bit sloppy at times, The Way of the Gun is an entertaining thrill ride not to mention a perfect screen couple of Benicio delIt does seem a bit sloppy at times, The Way of the Gun is an entertaining thrill ride not to mention a perfect screen couple of Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillippe. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    This is very good film. The cast is awesome. The first scene hilarious, and plenty of other good ones. The middle does drag a bit, so, thatThis is very good film. The cast is awesome. The first scene hilarious, and plenty of other good ones. The middle does drag a bit, so, that keeps it down a notch. But Del Toro, Phillipe, and such, are all so good. Full Review »