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The Slaughter Rule

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Alex Smith & Andrew Smith

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About the Movie

Roy gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground; it is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence and salvation from the paralyzing passivity that dominates his life. Enter Gideon, a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for kids to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into a tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This promising but confused first film is best viewed as a touching portrait of thwarted, volatile male passion in a world where you could almost say that geography is destiny – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: As compellingly played by Morse, a great actor who gives pic more than it gives him, Gideon comes off as a sensitive soul who knows how risky it can be to appear too sensitive in a small town. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Feb 16, 2011

Rotten: Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those barren fields and blood-red clouds are doing plenty of work for them. – Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2005

Fresh: A coming-of-age tale that nicely exploits the ruggedness of rural Montana and the rough-hewn, often tenuous nature of male friendships in those parts. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great early film from Gosling and the cast!!!

This is a great film with a great underlying messge about resilience and strength... Gosling is great in it and the premise is very different than other films. Buy it, watch it a few times and you will not be disappointed at all!

Outstanding performances...

David Morse and Ryan Gosling are excellent in this film. They have been two of my favorite actors for some time. I enjoyed this film very much.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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