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One False Move Reviews

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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Franklin's convincing portrait of life on both sides of the color line isn't quite like anything I've come across before, making One False Move one very assured directorial move. We need more filmmakers like him.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In this film ably directed by Carl Franklin, who has spent most of his adulthood as an actor, there are more than a few tense scenes.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 6, 2013
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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For most of the way, One False Move is taut and sure-footed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2013
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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Skillfully performed and welcomely unpredictable, this low-budget crime film, made by actor turned director Carl Franklin, starts out as a herky-jerky exploitation piece, then turns into something better.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 6, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Everything about this movie -- the terse writing, the concise directing, the smart, unaffected acting -- is eminently satisfying.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Rookie director Carl Franklin shows an obvious gift for pace and storytelling -- uncertain, halting moments are rare. Almost every scene has rich and authentic feeling.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

One False Move doesn't make a single false move its own self: It's as tough and gripping as they come.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 6, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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The biggest difference between One False Move and most other action films is the sting in its violence. There is so little stylization here -- so little gimmickry -- that when someone is shot or knifed, you feel it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2013


It exerts an almost macabre fascination as we track the killers bloody trail across several states to their inevitable deaths.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 6, 2013
Mark Salisbury
Empire Magazine

Emotionally complex thriller with riveting performances.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The story is punctuated by violence that's as pointless as it is nasty, though, showing an unfortunate immaturity in the filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

May 6, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along with the energy of In Cold Blood.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

May 6, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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There's plenty to be impressed by while watching this 1992 noirish thriller, cowritten by Tom Epperson and directed by Carl Franklin, but not a great deal of aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 6, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A sardonic and explosive crooks-on-the-lam saga in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hard-boiled modern-day film noir that explodes on the screen with great force.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

April 13, 2010
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

one of the finest crime genre films ever made

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 11, 2010
Variety Staff
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Working for the most part in straightforward style, director Carl Franklin achieves considerable suspense by pitting the frailties of each party against the other.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 2, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Carl Franklin tackles American anxieties--interracial love, guilt and denial--that have been ignored, showing understanding of his characters, all conflicted in vvarious ways.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

September 17, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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One of the finest American movies in recent years.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One False Move is a finely observed character study punctuated by some highly suspenseful, and sometimes grisly, confrontations.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
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