'Small Town Murder Songs' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   20 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Boldly succinct yet confident enough to take its time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    "Small Town Murder Songs" moves so deliberately, with such confident authority, that every small event takes on cumulative significance...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    With his second feature, GassDonnelly achieves that longed-for thing, a whole greater than the parts, one in which each disparate element complements the other.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Rarely does cinema sight and sound mesh as boldly as this, and it's all to the good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece, a story of alternately repressed and exploding passion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An effective ensemble backed by a bracingly haunting soundtrack strike a compelling chord in this rural Canadian crime drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard T. Jameson Parallax View
    ... the film is only an hour-and-a-quarter long, and that's just as well; spells are hard to sustain. Yet it's big enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nora Lee Mandel Film-Forward.com
    70
    Atmospherically steeped in rural noir. . .Stormare's agonized face keeps the focus on more a tormented character study than a mystery. . .greatly heightened by rootsy songs.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alison Willmore AV Club
    67
    The soundtrack ... goes miles toward making what would be an unmanageably dour experience into an acute emotional resonance; the songs are freed to say more than the characters onscreen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine
    25
    Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Fear Time Out New York
    60
    A redemption parable that occasionally finds balladlike lyricism in its biblical solemnity and oddball Lynchian rhythms.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Keith Cohen Entertainment Spectrum
    63
    Stormare's performance towers over the flimsy story. Besides the effective ensemble acting, another asset is the outstanding cinematography. This captivatingly haunting crime drama never gets tiresome and knows when to bring the...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Heck Kansas City Star
    75
    Why are recent movies about small towns with murderous secrets so good?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine
    70
    A lawman seeking redemption can't seem to escape sin in Ed Gass-Donnelly's haunting, rural drama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Anderson eye WEEKLY
    60
    The force in Stormare's performance is enough to suggest we've witnessed only a fraction of the character's anguish.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Radheyan Simonpillai Now Playing Magazine
    40
    While it's easy to admire the unique stylistic accents director Ed Gass-Donnelly fearlessly applies to his northern Ontario murder mystery, it's not so easy to enjoy them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto
    40
    While it's easy to admire the unique stylistic accents director Ed Gass-Donnelly fearlessly applies to his northern Ontario murder mystery, it's not so easy to enjoy them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...Small Town Murder Songs [features] an oppressively deliberate pace that effectively holds the viewer at arm's length from start to finish...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    50
    For all that Small Town Murder Songs hints at, there isn't enough delivery here.
    Full Review » 3 years ago