Glenn Kenny
June 28, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Man With a Gun

Current Status
In Season
Costas Mandylor, C. Thomas Howell, Michael Madsen
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Michael Madsen meanders gloomily through Man with a Gun, which would more accurately be titled Man With Several Guns. As a hitman assigned to off his squeaky-voiced, evil, va-va-va-voomish girlfriend, Madsen broods and broods…then broods some more. His Getaway costar Jennifer Tilly plays both the squeaky-voiced, evil, va-va-va-voomish girlfriend and her squeaky-voiced, good, less provocatively outfitted twin. The complicated plot and dark settings suggest classic noir, but the movie’s clunky rhythms render it more enervated than moody. Too bad, because in his best work (Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise), Madsen can make you believe that the glory days of Mitchum, Marvin, and similarly taciturn macho men never ended. But they have. C

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