Deadfall Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
Top Critic
May 8, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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December 21, 2012

Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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December 13, 2012

It's sort of like "Fargo," only with a higher body count and without the wood chipper.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 13, 2012

Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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December 7, 2012

This is the sort of movie best encountered accidentally and for free, caught on basic cable late at night.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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December 7, 2012

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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December 7, 2012

Dean and Ruzowitzky want both inexorably tightening plot and keen psychology here, and they can't always have it both ways.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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December 7, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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December 6, 2012

At times it is riveting stuff and at times ridiculous.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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December 6, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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December 6, 2012

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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December 6, 2012

For Ruzowitzky, Deadfall seems nothing more than work for hire.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

[It has] enough plot contrivances and twisted, twinned destinies for any old movie, though not necessarily a good one.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

Looks great but sacrifices much in its charge towards a final showdown that's been telegraphed from the early going.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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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
Noel Murray
AV Club
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December 6, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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December 5, 2012

A complete nightmare of a movie.

Full Review | Original Score: D-
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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December 5, 2012

There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Simon Abrams
Village Voice
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December 4, 2012

Deadfall just isn't manic enough to be memorable.

Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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December 4, 2012

Ruzowitzky may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
November 27, 2012

The most disappointing aspect of Deadfall is its conventionality. For a thriller, it's light on surprises.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Deadfall is slicker and more compelling than its overdetermined script has any right to expect.

Rob Nelson
Variety
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition.