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Deadfall Reviews

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Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

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 Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

June 16, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 12, 2013
Rich Cline

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2013
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2013
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 5, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

December 20, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2012
Robert Levin

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

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A genre characterized by often grisly violence, high style and a distinctly nihilistic outlook.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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[An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ...

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December 6, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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"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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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'Deadfall' deftly transforms the climactic moments ... therapeutic for some, devastating for others. It's a beautiful thing.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2012
Kam Williams

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 5, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
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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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

December 1, 2012
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