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Chicago Reader
January 5, 2007
This thriller seems most interested in lingering over battered and bloodied male faces.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 11, 2004
The outdated, cliche-riddled direction is so inept and indifferent that it's hard to believe Twisted was lensed by the same Philip Kaufman who made The Right Stuff.
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Jorge Morales
Village Voice
March 9, 2004
A suspense thriller without thrills or suspense.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
March 1, 2004
Judd is let down by Twisted because tearful, confused victim doesn't come naturally to her; she's not fun to watch suffer if you can't see her calculating the payback.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 1, 2004
This movie plays like they were reading [Roger Ebert's] little movie glossary and they took every cliche in there.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 27, 2004
Gives new meaning to the word 'obvious.'
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 27, 2004
A nasty, formulaic and unforgivably obvious procedural.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 27, 2004
Philip Kaufman's Twisted amalgamates the basic post-feminist woman-cop premises of Silence Of The Lambs and the Prime Suspect TV series so torpidly it feels less like entertainment than a community service sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 27, 2004
It's all perfectly rote and only occasionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2004
It begins pretty, and ends up ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 27, 2004
The film is too simple to hold our interest for nearly two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 27, 2004
A chill-deficient suspense flick that shares too much common ominous ground with [Judd's] past thrillers.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 27, 2004
Utterly devoid of suspense, energy or credibility.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 27, 2004
We can only regret that this is the kind of script [Kaufman's] being offered these days. Now, that's twisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 27, 2004
Bearable but hardly riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 27, 2004
It's always rather sad to watch gifted performers stranded in a tepid thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 27, 2004
As titles go, Twisted doesn't go quite far enough. Convoluted might have been better. Stretched also would have worked. Ridiculous would be most appropriate.
| Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 27, 2004
The script is credited to Sarah Thorp but has all the hallmarks of one of those screenplays that has gotten worse with every rewrite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 27, 2004
Another thriller. Another plot full of holes. Another waste of time.
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 27, 2004
The arrival of such a dud from director Kaufman is a surprise, unless he was looking for any script that would keep him at home shooting in San Francisco.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 27, 2004
Walks like a thriller and talks like a thriller, but it squawks like a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 27, 2004
Twisted is eerily similar in its story line to In the Cut, the much pasted Meg Ryan sex-and-death thriller that came out last year. Only it's worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 27, 2004
Predictable plotting is but one of the pitfalls in this campy slice of Hitch-schlock.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 26, 2004
Hard-hitting police thrillers need a smidgen of authenticity, but Sarah Thorp's script is riddled with implausible events, inconsistent characters and head-scratching twists that don't add up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 26, 2004
Twisted leads to a wrap-up that'll either be visible a continent away or have you moaning, 'No, no, they can't have the nerve to float that!'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2004
Twisted is rubbish, but it looks good enough, moves fast enough and does improve as it progresses, principally because its plot disintegrates to the point of outright comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 26, 2004
The greatest mystery in this nonsensical thriller is why Philip Kaufman, a first-rate director, lent his talents to such a mediocre piece of studio hackwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 26, 2004
Twisted won't leave you wrung out, but it may put a crick in your neck. Trying to make sense of this ridiculous yet all too conventional movie will only make you cock your head quizzically, like a dog watching television.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 26, 2004
Twisted's biggest mystery has nothing to do with its plot. The big question is how a first-rate director such as Phil Kaufman and a moderately first-rate cast headed by Ashley Judd became attached to this convoluted thriller wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 26, 2004
It entertains much like an easy crossword puzzle. You feel smart for figuring it out, then realize it wasn't all that tough.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
February 26, 2004
Dreary, weary psychosexual thriller that's neither sexy nor thrilling.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 26, 2004
A predictable, completely unsuspenseful time-killer.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 26, 2004
Twisted is just another example of a motion picture that will surprise and delight only those who see movies less frequently than they see their dentist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 26, 2004
A generic, high-end Hollywood whodunit with a school of red herrings swimming through a plot that has more holes than a gopher farm.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 26, 2004
It's one of those by-the- book mysteries that makes you feel smart by keeping you a half-step ahead of the protagonist, then leaves you feeling stupid for having blown another 10 bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 26, 2004
[An] insipid embarrassment.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 26, 2004
A barren movie full of new-style cliches and bereft of the Gothic thrills, virtuoso scenes and screw-twisting suspense that might make it interesting or fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 26, 2004
What happens when you combine good actors, a talented director and an awful script? Twisted answers that question so quickly it could have been made as a kind of negative case study for film students.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
February 25, 2004
A pretty lousy movie, which would be offensive were it not safely neutered by its own stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2004
Characters get distorted and motivations warped in this police thriller in order to keep bodies piling up and clues pointing in all directions.