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      Ned Rifle

      2015 1h 25m Comedy Drama List
      78% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 55% Audience Score 250+ Ratings The son (Liam Aiken) of Henry Fool and Fay Grim sets out to kill his father for ruining his mother's life, but a troublesome woman (Aubrey Plaza) distracts him from his mission. Read More Read Less
      Ned Rifle

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      Ned Rifle serves as a satisfying conclusion to Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" trilogy - and one of the strongest late-period works from a distinguished filmography.

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      Anton Bitel Little White Lies Seemingly everyone here, viewer included, is on a Fool's errand in trying to pin down the ever-fugitive Henry... which makes this most elusive of characters a perfect figure for a trilogy whose own significance is difficult to capture. Feb 19, 2018 Full Review Matthew Lickona San Diego Reader Hartley is at his Hartleyest here, meaning, among other things, that a fair chunk of the dialogue sounds like a pronouncement, aimed as much at the viewer as it is at another character. Rated: 2/5 Apr 10, 2015 Full Review Ty Burr Boston Globe At its worst, "Ned Rifle" is a self-involved movie about self-involved people. When it clicks, though, we're in a pared-down moral universe that carries unsettling echoes of our own. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 9, 2015 Full Review Jason Anderson Cinema Scope Jan 30, 2018 Full Review Nick Newman The Film Stage Ned Rifle finds a comfortable place between Henry Fool's low-key sensibilities and Fay Grim's conspiratorial plotting. Rated: B Feb 23, 2016 Full Review Jonathan Kiefer SF Weekly It's as close to an adding-up as can be expected from any thrifty trilogy spread out over three decades, but surely a testament to enduring indie integrity. Jan 1, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Chester Weird style but very entertaining! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/07/22 Full Review white b if you know the trilogy, this is pretty great for being a 3rd type of tone/feel of a film (and carryng on the story from the prior two in clever and satisfying ways) but Liam Aiken belongs on the graphic! take Aubrey off there, she's fine in the film but it's LIAM's movie! (or put Henry - but it's Liam's film) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Dead S This film has a good storyline but it's way too chatty and it comes off very fuzzy. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/16 Full Review Audience Member The third, and possibly final entry, in the "Henry Fool" trilogy by Writer/Director Hal Hartley is quite likely the most straightforward and least strange of the three. It doesn't veer off into strange tangents like the first film, and it doesn't become a stylized international thriller for some reason like the second's just a straightforward plot involving Henry and Fay's son Ned, as he exits the witness protection program and heads off to kill his father, reluctantly allowing a young woman to join him (who turns out to be the girl that Henry mentioned he spent time in jail for having sex with her when she was 13). It is a solid ending for this odd little series, it feels much more in line stylistically and tonally with the first film...but it is still very much it's own thing. I liked this weird series, a very strange series of films to be sure. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie itself was alright. The problems I have are the music and the acting. The music sounded like a Native American documentary, not a drama. The acting was really really robotic. I'm not used to Aubrey Plaza being so scripted and robotic. I recommend watching just so that you can wonder "what did I just watch..." because that is how I felt. Maybe it would've been a 3 and a half if the music was better, and a 4 if the actors used more contractions and looked a bit more like they knew what they were saying. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A nearly perfect and hilarious conclusion to the Henry Fool trilogy, and once again, we have a dame well worth just a look into this film which lies in Aubrey Plaza, who steals every scene she's in as usual in everything she's in. The writing by Hartley is brilliant as usual by this man. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis The son (Liam Aiken) of Henry Fool and Fay Grim sets out to kill his father for ruining his mother's life, but a troublesome woman (Aubrey Plaza) distracts him from his mission.
      Hal Hartley
      Hal Hartley
      Production Co
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      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 6, 2016
      1h 25m