Deadfall Reviews

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Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
October 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013

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.

Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2013

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

Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
May 10, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
May 10, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 9, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 9, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 5, 2013

For all that Dean's exploration of dysfunctional families punches squarely on the nose, Ruzowitzky bobs and weaves around the cliches in ways that lift Deadfall above many of its genre contemporaries.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012

What the screenplay lacks, director Ruzowitzky paints in, with bold, elemental strokes on the dirty-snow canvas.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
December 7, 2012

A rare modern genre piece that doesn't shy away from being impossibly bleak and downbeat.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
December 7, 2012

A genre characterized by often grisly violence, high style and a distinctly nihilistic outlook.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

[An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ...

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

"Deadfall" brings to mind those dark, old-fashioned entertainments in rotation on Turner Classic Movies that suck you in with their genre machinery, sullen beauties and despair.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 6, 2012

Deadfall is soaked in creepy, larded with violence and filled with people in pain. Cue the dread.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

'Deadfall' deftly transforms the climactic moments ... therapeutic for some, devastating for others. It's a beautiful thing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
December 6, 2012

An intriguing cat-and-mouse caper featuring both bullets and brains. The question is how long can they keep up the 'good perp, bad perp' charade before their luck finally runs out?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
December 5, 2012

The camera work is as beautiful as it is terrifying, with Quebec standing in for northern Michigan in the dead of winter. And the performances are resourceful, superbly etched and expertly nuanced.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2012

It circles its way from a conventional thriller to a dodgy love story, and leaves in its path a few dead bodies and a few living crippled psyches... .

Full Review | Original Score: B-
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