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  • Summary: A twisting crime drama about two cold-blooded career criminals who kidnap a surrogate mother and find themselves in an escalating cycle of guns and mayhem. (Artisan Entertainment)
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. It's good fun for bad boys.
  3. Plays like an unusually ritzy festival circuit audition film, though McQuarrie, it must be said, aces the audition.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Each of the talented thesps has some good moments, but, ultimately, none can rise above the limitations of the material and filmmaking.
  5. Edgy, hard-boiled crime drama that is very much in this Tarantino-esque tradition.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Mikulan
    Isn't a bad film, but as we watch it we're constantly rewriting it in our minds to make it a better one.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    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, that keeps it down a notch. But Del Toro, Phillipe, and such, are all so good. Collapse
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    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 del Toro and Ryan Phillippe. Expand

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