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Deadfall Reviews

May 8, 2013
Like all over-ambitious B-movies, this features solid performances by a mix of seasoned talent and promising young actors, all of whom deserve better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2012
Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, "Deadfall" is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2012
Perhaps the best thing about "Deadfall" is the lifelike messiness of its ending. A couple of the characters have a lot of explaining to do, and this is one case where a sequel might be in order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2012
It's sort of like "Fargo," only with a higher body count and without the wood chipper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 13, 2012
Deadfall is fast and fatalistic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2012
This is the sort of movie best encountered accidentally and for free, caught on basic cable late at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 7, 2012
There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in "Deadfall," which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 7, 2012
Dean and Ruzowitzky want both inexorably tightening plot and keen psychology here, and they can't always have it both ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2012
A genre characterized by often grisly violence, high style and a distinctly nihilistic outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2012
At times it is riveting stuff and at times ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2012
[An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ...
December 6, 2012
"Deadfall" brings to mind those dark, old-fashioned entertainments in rotation on Turner Classic Movies that suck you in with their genre machinery, sullen beauties and despair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2012
Watching this violent potboiler is like observing a thief knock off a convenience store, then seeing him lock his keys in the car.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2012
An A-list cast fights a B-movie script and goes down hard in "Deadfall," a wintry suspense melodrama that's not quite awful enough to be any fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
December 6, 2012
For Ruzowitzky, Deadfall seems nothing more than work for hire.
December 6, 2012
[It has] enough plot contrivances and twisted, twinned destinies for any old movie, though not necessarily a good one.
December 6, 2012
Looks great but sacrifices much in its charge towards a final showdown that's been telegraphed from the early going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2012
'Deadfall' deftly transforms the climactic moments ... therapeutic for some, devastating for others. It's a beautiful thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 6, 2012
Bana and Wilde sport bad Southern accents and deliver overly mannered dialogue while dropping hints about their abusive childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 5, 2012
A complete nightmare of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
December 5, 2012
There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 5, 2012
The camera work is as beautiful as it is terrifying, with Quebec standing in for northern Michigan in the dead of winter. And the performances are resourceful, superbly etched and expertly nuanced.
December 4, 2012
Deadfall just isn't manic enough to be memorable.
December 4, 2012
Ruzowitzky may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 27, 2012
The most disappointing aspect of Deadfall is its conventionality. For a thriller, it's light on surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2012
Recently noir has seemed marginalized, almost antiquated, in its application of dark tones that point to a suspenseful end. Deadfall, an understated, slow-burn thriller, doesn't reinvigorate those rules but illustrates their lasting value.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 7, 2012
Deadfall is slicker and more compelling than its overdetermined script has any right to expect.
June 7, 2012
A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition.