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At Close Range
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At Close Range

1986
Romance
Drama
1h 51m
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Avg Percentile 52.36% from 290 total ratings

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Rated 26 Mar 2007
40
23rd
James Foley can't direct traffic
Rated 01 Nov 2011
60
23rd
There are a lot of reasons to like this movie, but I found about twice as many reasons to dislike it. Walken is fantastic and there are a couple inspired scenes, but the whole thing reeks of amateur storytelling, with many illogical story points and some VERY stupid characters. I also really dislike Penn. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but he bugs me in almost every movie he's in.
Rated 25 Jun 2013
60
10th
Feels so shoddily put together and suffocatingly dark that whatever good is here gets smothered, even if it is based on a true story. Luckily, Sean Penn is fantastic in it, in the couple of scenes he really gets to show off (sadly, it's a case of too little, too late). Walken really pales in comparison. Also, I hope you're a fan of Madonna's "Live to Tell" because you're going to hear it A LOT.
Rated 09 Jan 2008
86
76th
Realistic scenes with Walken and Penn and a gun pointed at one's head. Good flick.
Rated 09 Apr 2009
0
15th
Relentlessly brutal, dispiriting and quite pointless melodrama, even with the saving grace of a factual basis.
Rated 11 Mar 2013
70
43rd
It's sort of good, and then sort of only half fleshed out before people start dropping. I felt like we weren't getting the idea why people were motivated to do what, so when Walken isn't shown making some steely resolve with his gang to kill off the kids we're kind of left to figure out why he went that way. The rape scene tells a similar story, sure it's based on fact, but the movie played it sloppily and relied on us to fill in the gaps with a history lesson. A pity, as it had more potential.
Rated 03 Jul 2023
93
79th
Christopher Walken is pure evil in this, just chewing scenery. Both Penn brothers seem to come straight out of a Bruce Springsteen song. Great flick.
Rated 30 Oct 2015
65
25th
Great acting and promising first act, but eventually slumps into a sort of macho Lifetime movie.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
70
82nd
Good film.
Rated 15 Dec 2007
81
70th
Excellent film with fantastic acting, particularly by Walken and Penn.
Rated 17 Oct 2012
75
55th
75.375
Rated 30 Jun 2013
65
42nd
The DP went apeshit with the snazzy shots to try and keep us interested in a PRETTY BORING story which is quite the feat when you have that source material. Live to tell~ True BLUE. TWO PENNS, MISSED YA CHRIS. I'll forget everything about this movie in a week.
Rated 11 Dec 2009
71
50th
The acting is of the highest caliber, but Foley's showy camerawork sometimes serves as a distraction.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
65
49th
good acting
Rated 14 Feb 2018
72
51st
With a cast that goes on for miles, At Close Range is a spectacle when it comes to earnest performances. Both Walken and Penn both have a tendency to become unhinged in their intensity, but they successfully reign it in to tell this incredible dark tale. The Madonna theme becomes receptive and violence seems to go from 0-60 in a blink of an eye, but this is definitely a forgotten gem of a film.

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