Small Town Crime

An alcoholic ex-cop finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way.


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  • ★★★½ review by Joel Liss on Letterboxd

    Sxsw review:

    A great combination of goofy ensemble comedy and bloody pulpy crime thriller. No idea if people will actually see it but it was a lot of fun.

  • ★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd

    John Hawkes gets a welcome opportunity to flex his underrated and understated comic chops in this darkly comic pulp thriller as a drunken, disgraced cop who stumbles into a crime and sees an opportunity to prove himself. It’s a real mystery — and a good one — but directors Eshorn and Ian Nelms provide levity via little asides of genre satire and little pauses in which their cast of gifted character actors (including Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr., and Michael Vartan) can shine. The film’s a little too light to sustain the serious turn it subtly takes in the last half hour, but no matter; this is totally solid, mid-level pulp, and a rare modern movie that actually deserves the franchise treatment at which it slyly hints.

  • ★★★½ review by Jamerlich on Letterboxd

    Solid little thriller with Coen bros. neo-noir sensebilites with a bit of Tarantino style comedy and wit.

    Slightly above average with a good sense of pace and proper escalation, but it is definitely elevated by the always great John Hawkes.

  • ★★★★ review by Heath Cowart on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017 - Movie #4

    A very enjoyable detective story that almost feels like it was apart of the same branch as The Nice Guys. Now I really want to see that crossover happen.

    Glad to see someone like John Hawkes take on a leading role such as this. Hope he does more in the near future.

  • ★★★★★ review by mother! on Letterboxd


    This film is like greased lightning. A film that feels like it could be made during any time frame when small towns still exist, yet makes the most sense nowadays, when so many seem to resort to violence as the first response to problems. The film wanders from person to person, a la Inherent Vice, only this film chooses the more defined structure over the marijuana haze method, while keeping the free-flowing experience feeling alive. John Hawkes is like a modern-day Doc Sportello, only with more of a tragic past, and kills his performance the same way Joaquin Phoenix did. It's comparable to many other films, yet ekes out its own path. The film is so purely entertaining, with such stellar... everything, really, that I wish I could watch it a few dozen more times in theaters right now. But for now, the screening I witnessed at SXSW will have to suffice. Incredible.

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