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Deadline (2012)

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts star in Deadline, the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancée and his

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Mark Ethridge

Jul 17, 2012

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Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The plot, in short, is underwhelming. It merely follows the reporters as the screenplay serves them the solution to their case on a silver platter.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Although helmer Curt Hahn champions the causes of racial justice and crusading journalism, he can't seem to find a tone that's consistent or that befits the gravity of his subject matter.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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The fact that real-life deadly racial animus in America is often cartoonish in its manifestation doesn't excuse Deadline's cliché-ridden characterizations of bigotry.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...it's not evil and it's enjoyable in the same way the really terrible movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 were enjoyable (or at least it was for me and my jaded sensibilities)... a well-intentioned mess.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A case involving the murder of a black youth gets solved here, but absolutely nothing could help this numbingly awful, undoubtedly well-intentioned but who-cares-it's-so-bad farrago.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

By the end of it, you'll be crying uncle--or wish you were watching The Help instead. At least that was a more artful lie.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The acting is the strong suit of this 'cold case civil rights murder' drama, with songwriter J.D. Souther -- who resembles a more professorial Clint Eastwood -- making a particularly distinct impression.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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