Michael Sauter
June 04, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gun Shy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
performer
Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Mary McCormack, Oliver Platt, Richard Schiff
director
Eric Blakeney
author
Eric Blakeney
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy, Romance

We gave it a D+

It’s hard to choose this loopy thriller’s most dubious plot turn. Maybe it’s when an on-the-skids writer (Petersen) gets picked up from an Atlantic City gutter by a Mob enforcer (Wincott) who wants the writer to teach him about books and, well, life. Or maybe it’s when the writer falls in love with the gangster’s girlfriend (Lane). Or maybe it’s when the writer reveals he’s working undercover for the cops. Filled with noirish shadows and sax solos, Gunshy takes itself so seriously it doesn’t even rate as junky fun. D+

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