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A Single Shot

HD   14A Closed Captioning

David M. Rosenthal

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About the Movie

David M. Rosenthal's white-knuckle thriller starts with a bang: a single shot, aimed at a lone deer, that hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon (Sam Rockwell), watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a desperate panic, he takes the cash — hiring a low-rent lawyer (William H. Macy) to fight his wife's divorce suit — and attempts to cover up the killing. But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in this tense cat-and-mouse struggle in the backwoods of West Virginia.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: None of these characters, no matter how trashed-up for the down-market occasion, are believable. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Sep 19, 2013

Rotten: A Single Shot aims to serve up gritty backwoods noir but misses its target by some distance. – Leslie Felperin, Variety, Sep 16, 2013

Fresh: The film charts no new territory but is terrifically cast and, like its source novel, long on atmosphere. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Sep 19, 2013

Fresh: David M. Rosenthal's sturdy, nasty rural noir, based on Matthew F. Jones's novel, is so sharp and rusted through that, after taking it in, you'll likely need a tetanus shot. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Sep 17, 2013

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Customer Reviews


A great movie and a great acting from Sam Rockwell as always.

Très bon film noir

Un thriller prenant et très noir.

A Single Shot
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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