Texas Killing Fields Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 19, 2011
Although it's interesting to see this type of rural life under siege, it's the subject matter which the director should have had grabbed by the throat, not vulnerable women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 17, 2011
A two-pronged police procedural whose misdirection can't disguise its essential lack of juice..feels half-baked and half-hearted.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 16, 2011
The atmosphere of imminent evil is like that in Mann Sr's masterly Manhunter, and there are brilliantly staged, edgily unexpected action sequences.
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
October 14, 2011
Mostly, we see characters glancing significantly toward one another or arguing about things that don't matter all that much in the outcome, and there is one oh-so-clever red herring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
October 14, 2011
An assured, moody police procedural rendered with rich cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 14, 2011
Long on style and short on coherent storytelling...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 14, 2011
Dripping in gothic atmosphere, the only problem is it's all too easy to guess who did what.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 13, 2011
A competent film but only marginally better than typical TV fare.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Takes its suspense for granted, which leaves it weak where it should be at its most chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2011
Like the Texas City killer's plans, something's gone terribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 13, 2011
Forget about murder: this moody cop thriller is guilty of a more heinous offence - criminal negligence of its dream-team cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 13, 2011
It's all just shorthand and clichés from other cop movies - the moral avenger, the workaholic loner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 13, 2011
It might be unfair to read an artist's work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it.
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
October 13, 2011
A solid police procedural with strong performances from its four main actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 13, 2011
We get to know the detectives at the film's core, how they work, what drives them, and the place they're sworn to protect. And then the film ends after telling only one story, which seems kind of odd these days.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 12, 2011
Mann is definitely one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 11, 2011
As solid Saturday night entertainment goes, this is a consistently compelling, enjoyably old school potboiler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 11, 2011
The identity of the villain is beside the point; he-she-it might as well have a Looney Tunes-ish neon arrow emblazoned KILLER! pointing at their noggin. What matters more is the thick sense of atmosphere that Mann and her collaborators conjure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
The plot is a chaos of underdeveloped relationships and frayed loose ends, but every so often, Mann does something so right that it makes this seem less a matter of narrative disorganization than a commentary on the anarchy intrinsic to any investigation.
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