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Texas Killing Fields (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Texas Killing Fields is a competent boilerplate crime thriller, brewing up characters and plots used in better films.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 4,802

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Movie Info

Inspired by the string of real-life unsolved murders in a small Texan town, this tense and haunting thriller follows a local homicide detective (Sam Worthington), and his partner, a transplanted cop from New York City (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his female victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh dubbed The Killing Fields. The killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always … More

Rating:
R (for violence and language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Don Ferrarone
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 31, 2012
Box Office:
$45.3k
Runtime:
Anchor Bay Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Texas Killing Fields

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (29) | DVD (2)

The characters will be familiar to fans of police procedural shows and TV movies.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The story simply doesn't stand up, with its combination of well-worn plot elements and confusing red herrings -- or maybe they're just details that don't add up.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

[A] southern-fried rehash of David Fincher's Seven.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Scenes do not always necessarily follow one another. I was sometimes unclear who some of the characters were.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The only notable element of this police procedural is that director Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of filmmaker Michael Mann ("Heat," "Collateral"), who produced here, appreciates dad's esthetic but can't replicate it.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Long on style and short on coherent storytelling...

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

The film doesn't really go anywhere or establish any narrative sense, which is problem, since it's ostensibly a police procedural.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Deadspin

I know many people don't like Sam Worthington and I'm one of them. Worthington is trying to prove that he's not the one-dimensional actor that we all think he is.

Full Review… | April 22, 2012
Eclipse Magazine

depressing characters slogging through a depressing story for a depressing movie

Full Review… | February 13, 2012
7M Pictures

"Texas Killing Fields" is nothing more than an average crime thriller with some better-than-average suspense. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
CNNRadio

Don Ferrarone's script could have used one more revision for sequential flow, character depth and back-story clarity. But there's promise for Ms. Mann.

Full Review… | February 1, 2012
Cinema Signals

A pretty routine police procedural with...a little bit of regional flavor.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012

works sporadically, but never consistently, and ends up feeling much lighter and more forgettable than its "inspired by true events" tagline would seem to merit

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Q Network Film Desk

Mann Jr shows plenty of promise in a film that doesn't tarnish the family name. But hindered by niggling flaws, it hardly revolutionises an over-saturated genre.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Total Film

Despite the jumbled plot and structural problems, the shady characters and gritty settings compensate.

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

A procedural without structure. It's a mood piece with no definable mood. It's a thriller without clear villains or even threats.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
HollywoodChicago.com

Post-Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, there's no reason for the level of suspense to be commensurate with a first season episode of C.S.I. New York.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Houston Press

Nothing in this film sets your nerves a-tingling.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Merely an elongated version of any current crime show on television

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Reduces the police procedural to its bare essentials.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Mark Reviews Movies

Just uses a spooky atmosphere and fractured style to disguise the fact that it's actually covering quite familiar territory.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

The police intelligence couldn't be more basic--oh, really, do you think those sleazy dudes changed the license plate on their car?

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
RedEye

Audience Reviews for Texas Killing Fields

Inspired by actual events, this is the directorial debut of Ami Canaan Mann- the progeny of the great Michael Mann.

This is a police procedural about two detectives trailing a killer known for kidnapping and mutilating women, then dumping their bodies in a marshy area of Texas dubbed "The Killing Fields". Their case takes a turn when the killer decides to set his sight upon them.

For the most part, this is pretty standard stuff. It's not groundbreaking, but certainly watchable. It looks great, and the cinematography is probably the best aspect. The cast are notable, but their performances are serviceable, but nothing more.

The film is suspenseful, but it could have used a lot more visceral moments and action. Also, the presentation is fractured in its chronology at times, which I found to be a bit unnecessary. As far as developments with plot and characters, you get just enough, but even then, a lot of it is just standard stuff we've seen before.

I give it credit though for at least keeping my attention, even if there's really not a whole lot that goes on. See it if you want, but it's fine if you don't.

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cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Once in... There's no way out.

Not so good.... I really wanted to like this movie. It has good actors, and the chance of a great storyline. Unfortunately, that did not help this movie in the least. When it comes to this kind of cop film, you need direction, some one that can tell the story at a good pace, connect all the dots, get you engrossed in the mood of the film, make you sit and wait for more clues and so on, but this film lacks all of that. At the end your lost in the story, characters are totally uninteresting and you know when you are done with the movie that you could have spend your time differently. Not recommended!

Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh, track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call 'The Killing Fields'. Though the swampland crime scenes are outside their jurisdiction, Detective Heigh is unable to turn his back on solving the gruesome murders. Despite his partner's warnings, he sets out to investigate the crimes. Before long, the killer changes the game and begins hunting the detectives, teasing them with possible clues at the crime scenes while always remaining one step ahead. When familiar local girl Anne goes missing, the detectives find themselves racing against time to catch the killer and save the young girl's life.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

Texas Killing Fields is a pretty good debut from Ami Canaan Mann, a director that should be judged on her own work rather than her fathers. If you're going down that road though you may want stop at Miami Vice. Anyway, this film achieves the suitably dark and eerie mood of the story well, I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jessica Chastain were very good in their roles, as was Stephen Graham who I was surprised to see. Sam Worthington was good as the troubled and angry Cop but unfortunately his accent wasn't up to much and I couldn't understand much of what he said. I thought it was quite strong in general, very light on cliches and very intense in mood. Not bad looking either.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz, Jason Clarke

Director:Ami Canaan Mann

Summary: While trying to crack a string of unsolved murders in small-town Texas, local homicide detective Souder and his former New York City cop partner Heigh find themselves involved in a cat-and-mouse game with the killer.

My Thoughts: "The movie is not scary, bloody, or any kind of horror. It is a good suspense film that has a good pace and interesting concept. The film being inspired by true events makes it more interesting. Sam Worthington plays bad cop and Jeffrey Dean plays good cop, and it works well. Sometimes Sam seems to be a bit over dramatic, but he still pulls in a strong performance. I really enjoyed the setting of the film. It was dark and sometimes creepy. The editing and the script could have been improved and I would have liked some more action. But in the end the performances from Sam, Jeffrey, and Chloe really make this film watchable. Not bad for this being Ami Mann's first film. Can't wait to see more."

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Texas Killing Fields Quotes


Detective Heigh:
Which one of you found the hand?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Mike Souder:
If she is in the fields, she is as good as gone.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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