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Clay Pigeons

Death seems to follow Clay Birdwell (Joaquin Phoenix), a small-town Montanan who tries to end an affair with a woman (Georgina Cates) after her husband -- his best friend -- commits suicide. But when fast-talking serial killer Lester Long (Vince Vaughn) forges a friendship against Clay's will, the death toll climbs even higher. Now, a feisty FBI agent (Janeane Garofalo) has Clay in her sights as the prime suspect.
Netflix Rating: 3.4
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 63%
Critics' score: 63   Audience score: 66   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Slanted as a black comedy, but fails to secure the sufficiently outre tone (let alone any real suspense) needed to make it more than a middling retread. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

"You've got a sense of humor, I like that," Lester Long proclaims at one point. Well, we all like that, but would it be asking too much to have a little coherence to go along with it? full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Clay Pigeons may not actually be a good movie, but it has many of the ingredients of one. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Within Clay Pigeons is a smaller story that might have involved us more, but it's buried by overkill. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A film that delights by confounding expectations. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

This is one of those motion pictures where the director (David Dobkin, in his feature debut) and the writer (Matt Healy) are so concerned about developing a clever, serpentine plot that they forget that there has to be a credible ending. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners. full review

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
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