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Uncle John

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Steven Piet

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About the Movie

John is a kindly, well-liked old man in a small rural town. John has just killed a man named Dutch. Dutch had done a lot of bad things to a lot of nice people. Nobody in town would think to implicate John – nobody but Danny, Dutch’s violent drunk of a brother. John's nephew Ben arrives from Chicago on an impromptu trip to his hometown as his uncle struggles to evade Danny's growing suspicions and looming threats. In this masterfully acted tale of small-town intrigue, one man's need for revenge may cost many more their lives.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Uncle John" is so subtle, so exquisitely paced and so determined not to go in any of the obvious directions that it's hard to believe the film is Steven Piet's first feature. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Sep 17, 2015

Rotten: The two mostly unrelated stories culminate in a climactic crosscutting of sex and violence that borders on farcical. – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Sep 17, 2015

Fresh: Thanks to Ashton's brilliant, career-defining performance, we're made to see that the only thing worse than doing evil deeds is being nice enough to feel guilty about them. – Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, Sep 15, 2015

Fresh: The movie's small, but Ashton keeps us watching and listening. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Sep 24, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Very suspenseful

Suspenseful movie with beautiful camera work.

Evil Deeds

Steven Piet's directorial debut is not without merit. This is a film more concerned with the guilt that follows murder. John Ashton's performance is consistently effective. While clearly playing a villain, we see the result of an evil deed.

The film has been advertised as a thriller complete with a blood red movie poster. This is misleading. This is actually about the impact of a dire act of violence on the emotional and mental aspects of the title character.

I certainly understand the idea of having the side-running subplot, but the actors do not have the same skill as John Ashton and this idea never quite manages to merge. It is clear that Piet has a great deal of skill, but it is equally clear that he is currently dealing the challenge of pacing/editing. Despite the movie's merits, the film simply ran too slow for me.

But this is a filmmaker to watch. There are a number of interesting ideas and moments achieved. They just fail to form a clear whole of film experience.

Must see!!

A nail biter from beginning to end. You WILL be on the edge of your seat! Loved John Ashton and the whole cast.

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