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Deadfall Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 8, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 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
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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It's sort of like "Fargo," only with a higher body count and without the wood chipper.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 13, 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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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This is the sort of movie best encountered accidentally and for free, caught on basic cable late at night.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in "Deadfall," which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 7, 2012
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Dean and Ruzowitzky want both inexorably tightening plot and keen psychology here, and they can't always have it both ways.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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At times it is riveting stuff and at times ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 6, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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[An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ...

Full Review Source: Salon.com

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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Watching this violent potboiler is like observing a thief knock off a convenience store, then seeing him lock his keys in the car.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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An A-list cast fights a B-movie script and goes down hard in "Deadfall," a wintry suspense melodrama that's not quite awful enough to be any fun.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 6, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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For Ruzowitzky, Deadfall seems nothing more than work for hire.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 6, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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[It has] enough plot contrivances and twisted, twinned destinies for any old movie, though not necessarily a good one.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 6, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Looks great but sacrifices much in its charge towards a final showdown that's been telegraphed from the early going.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

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
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Bana and Wilde sport bad Southern accents and deliver overly mannered dialogue while dropping hints about their abusive childhood.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

December 6, 2012
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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A complete nightmare of a movie.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D-

December 5, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 5, 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
Simon Abrams
Village Voice
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Deadfall just isn't manic enough to be memorable.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 4, 2012
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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Ruzowitzky may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

December 4, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The most disappointing aspect of Deadfall is its conventionality. For a thriller, it's light on surprises.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 27, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Deadfall is slicker and more compelling than its overdetermined script has any right to expect.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 7, 2012
Rob Nelson
Variety
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A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 7, 2012
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