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Deadfall (2012)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 18

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Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances - a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Zach Dean

Feb 5, 2013


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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (52)

Like all over-ambitious B-movies, this features solid performances by a mix of seasoned talent and promising young actors, all of whom deserve better.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Perhaps the best thing about "Deadfall" is the lifelike messiness of its ending. A couple of the characters have a lot of explaining to do, and this is one case where a sequel might be in order.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's sort of like "Fargo," only with a higher body count and without the wood chipper.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ...

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is the sort of movie best encountered accidentally and for free, caught on basic cable late at night.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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If you want a chilly, suspenseful thriller, watch Transsiberian, which co-stars the completely-wasted-here Kata Mara.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Serviceable if ultimately uneven, Deadfall is let down by inconsistent material and muddy character work. Still, at least the snowy location work looks good.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

A B-movie with an A-list cast, crime thriller Deadfall sets its plot in motion with some bracing shocks in its first few minutes.

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A strong cast makes up for thinnish characterisation, and it's so like Fargo it might as well be called "Fargone".

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

With a script that exposes its own mechanics and contrivances with such reckless abandon, Deadfall simply can't be prevented from flatlining by the solid ensemble cast and luscious visual palette.

May 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Deadfall might fancy itself as a 95-minute, wintry version of Bonnie and Clyde, but it's not in the same class with its high body count failing to justify the means, not least during the ludicrous climax.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Grim displays of guilt and remorse are on show from all concerned, but the seriously glum expressions of a high-calibre cast can't inject any meaning into such a contrived story.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Resembles Fargo in its geography and atmosphere, but fatally lacks its sense of humour.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

You can't help thinking how good the Coen brothers' Fargo was in comparison.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Big fleecy hats with earflaps are doffed to most of the actors. But, with this script, Deadfall was always destined to be a whiteout.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

With a focus on messy family relationships, this thriller's deranged comical touches almost make up for its contrived plot and annoyingly thin characters.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

There is just too much going on, with some interesting characters edged out of the limelight ...

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Too many coincidences spoil the plot, but this is a down'n'dirty, black'n'bloody little thriller. If nothing else, you'll truly feel the chill.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

What an accurate title.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

From characters and dialogue to the belief-beggaring contrivances of the plot, everything about it feels utterly phony.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Low grade, unremarkable and - worst of all - unnecessarily violent.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Engaging thriller, enlivened by some snowy location work and strong performances from a superb cast, though the script struggles to find the right tone.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Director Ruzowitzky lets his cast make the most of the wildly swerving tone.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The shifts in tone between black comedy, romance and suspense are often jarring and Dean's script fails to seamlessly weave together its themes of incest and redemption.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Deadfall

Despite moments of impressive cinematography, this film is as bland and uninteresting as the snowy wasteland it's set in. Despite what should be a strong cast, the actors are not utilized to their potential and the whole experience is rather hum-drum. The film's decent, but not particularly interesting in any significant way. I wish I could wait for the spring thaw to see if any life might have sprouted in Kristofferson's salty patriarch character, but alas, I doubt any of us would make it that long.
September 8, 2014

Super Reviewer

Deadfall is a very average thriller. I can't help but think it was written around the idea of simply setting a thriller in the snow because thus far, Fargo is the only really good one. Eric Bana's Addison is an interesting character and the only reason to keep watching. Everything else from the characters and the locations are borrowed from other films of varying quality. The majority of the film is long-winded and serves no purpose to the overall story. The film could be edited down to ten minutes without loosing any of the important aspects of the story and here lays the problem.
March 7, 2014

Super Reviewer

May 18, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Deadfall was so good. I really enjoyed this thriller. I loved how messed up Liza and Addison were. So damaged and insane yet sane all in one. A crazy combination that made them such interesting characters.
The movie had a great cast. The legends Ms. Sissy Spacek and Mr. Kris Kristofferson turned in good performances. I love Spacek. She has always been a favorite of mine since her Carrie days. The woman can play any role.
Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde did great jobs too. I went from liking Addison to hating him then to being kinda grossed out by him. He is a very messed up individual.
Charlie, Charlie. How I love me some Charlie. Jay is an ex-boxer who just got out of prison and is on his way home for Thanksgiving when he comes upon Liza. They get stuck together for a night and things escalate from there.
I really liked Kate Mara as Hanna. She was sweet and didn't let the bullies in her department get her down. Her dad was a complete asshole and I couldn't stand him. I felt bad for her.
The film is a bit twisted when it comes to Addison and Liza. I enjoyed the story. I'd watch it again.
March 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Addison: It's a good sign when you feel a little bad.
    – Submitted by Chris P (22 months ago)
    1. Hanna: If I was one of your 'boys' you'd be *proud* of me.
    – Submitted by Fia P (22 months ago)
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