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Deadline (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 169

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for some mature thematic material)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Mark Ethridge
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 17, 2012
Runtime:
Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Deadline

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (9)

Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

...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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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