• Twisted
    2 minutes 6 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Twisted Reviews


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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2007

Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The outdated, cliche-riddled direction is so inept and indifferent that it's hard to believe Twisted was lensed by the same Philip Kaufman who made The Right Stuff.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 Source: New York Observer

March 11, 2004
Jorge Morales
Village Voice
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A suspense thriller without thrills or suspense.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 9, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 1, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This movie plays like they were reading [Roger Ebert's] little movie glossary and they took every cliche in there.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 1, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Gives new meaning to the word 'obvious.'

February 27, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A nasty, formulaic and unforgivably obvious procedural.

February 27, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's all perfectly rote and only occasionally satisfying.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It begins pretty, and ends up ugly.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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The film is too simple to hold our interest for nearly two hours.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A chill-deficient suspense flick that shares too much common ominous ground with [Judd's] past thrillers.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 27, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Utterly devoid of suspense, energy or credibility.

| Original Score: 0/4

February 27, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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We can only regret that this is the kind of script [Kaufman's] being offered these days. Now, that's twisted.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 27, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Bearable but hardly riveting.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It's always rather sad to watch gifted performers stranded in a tepid thriller.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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

February 27, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Another thriller. Another plot full of holes. Another waste of time.

| Original Score: C-

February 27, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 27, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Walks like a thriller and talks like a thriller, but it squawks like a turkey.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 27, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C

February 26, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 26, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 26, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

February 26, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

February 26, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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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

February 26, 2004
Scott Foundas
Variety
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Dreary, weary psychosexual thriller that's neither sexy nor thrilling.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 26, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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A predictable, completely unsuspenseful time-killer.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 26, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 26, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

February 26, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 26, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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[An] insipid embarrassment.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 26, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2004
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

February 26, 2004
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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A pretty lousy movie, which would be offensive were it not safely neutered by its own stupidity.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

February 25, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Characters get distorted and motivations warped in this police thriller in order to keep bodies piling up and clues pointing in all directions.

February 24, 2004
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