Twisted (2004)



Critic Consensus: An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.

Movie Info

Philip Kaufman directs the detective thriller Twisted (originally to be titled The Blackout Murders), with a script by up-and-coming filmmaker Sarah Thorp. Ashley Judd plays troubled police detective Jessica Shepard, who works under the jurisdiction of the man who raised her as his daughter, police Commissioner Mills (Samuel L. Jackson). While investigating a serial murder case, Jessica -- who is has a proclivity for dangerous, drunken one-night-stands -- discovers that all of the victims are … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sarah Thorp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 2004
Box Office: $25.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Jessica Shepard

as Mike Delmarco

as Dr. Melvin Frank

as Lt. Tong

as Jimmy Schmidt

as Dale Becker

as Ray Porter

as Wilson Jefferson

as Edmund Culter

as John Flanagan

as Chip Marshall

as Larry Geber

as Bob Sherman

as Bartender

as Mills' Aide

as Man at Bar

as Lieutenant Marovich

as Sergeant Lopez

as Yawara Instructor

as Forensic Lab Technic...

as Forensic Lab Technic...

as Girl at Saloon

as Saloon Bouncer

as Cop Bar Bartender

as Man at Saloon

as Inspector Vallejo

as Flamenco Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Twisted

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (41)

This thriller seems most interested in lingering over battered and bloodied male faces.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sarah Thorpe's screenplay is a compendium of by-the-book clichés; Kaufman's direction leaves the material stranded in a limbo between po-faced and trashy; Judd's approximation of drunkenness is worrying to behold.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The outdated, cliche-riddled direction is so inept and indifferent that it's hard to believe Twisted was lensed by the same Philip Kaufman who made The Right Stuff.

Full Review… | March 11, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Numbingly predictable, inept, and boring.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

At least the performances are solid.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia and David Strathairn all are wasted.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Twisted


Very average thriller with who cares ending. I gave it an extra star for Ashley, as I always think she is quite good. Story here is just a bit flat and surprisingly dull.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Who done it? Typical in you know there is "twist" coming, but still enjoyable. Something felt very 1990s about the whole movie.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Twisted is your typical thriller that has a obligatory, game-changing twist at the end. Ashley Judd is as gorgeous as always, while Garcia and Jackson phone-in performances that really don't require a lot of effort from them.

There's nothing new here, and the "why" of the murders wasn't really explained to my satisfaction, but whatever. You know if you like these kinds of movies or not, and if you you do, then Twisted is worth watching on TV (or picking up at the store for $5, like I did).

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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