Cold in July Reviews

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December 11, 2014
A well-paced story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it bucks and rolls in unexpected directions to a bloody and satisfying climax.
June 26, 2014
It makes a strong start but is desperately uneven tonally, and unravels into a bizarre spaghetti-mess of dangling loose ends.
June 26, 2014
A film which speaks loudly and directly, but doesn't have much to say.
June 12, 2014
Initially the late-80s setting of Cold in July registers as kitsch, but it grows more evocative as the Carpenter impersonation gives way to something weirder and uglier.
June 6, 2014
Hall does his best to make sense of Dane, but the plot turns simply don't add up. Good work in a not-so-good movie.
May 30, 2014
Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn directed by Pottstown-born indie-film provocateur Jim Mickle.
May 29, 2014
It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing.
May 29, 2014
"Cold in July" has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
May 29, 2014
It doesn't cut too deep. But that can be a relief sometimes, and even a virtue.
May 28, 2014
These unique characters and performances breathe life into the moody world Mickle creates in this vivid, shocking thriller that sticks with you long afterward.
May 27, 2014
Mickle's bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul's moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired.
May 26, 2014
Strictly for connoisseurs of violent genre pulp.
May 24, 2014
A gritty, sweaty and entertaining little slice of Texas noir.
May 23, 2014
Mickle made one of the few excellent post-Romero zombie thrillers, Stake Land, and Cold in July is even more fun. He clearly relishes genre conventions and relishes even more turning them inside out.
May 23, 2014
"Cold in July," a pulpy, Texas-set thriller based on hard-boiled horror/thriller author Joe Lansdale's novel, fails to capture the discomfiting qualities that make it a Joe Lansdale story.
May 22, 2014
A tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing.
May 22, 2014
As the movie's resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives "Cold in July" a euphoric goofiness.
May 22, 2014
Hall couldn't have picked a better role to definitively launch his post-Dexter career.
May 22, 2014
Movies incorporate plot twists all the time, but rarely with the mind-blowing relish of "Cold In July."
May 22, 2014
On the one hand, the movies hardly need yet more examinations of perceptions of masculinity. On the other, one as well-crafted and constantly surprising as Mickle's adaptation of Joe Lansdale's pulpy crime novel is hard to argue against.
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