One False Move Reviews

November 16, 2017
Franklin seizes the opportunity to make a film that tightly binds up any political concerns it may have into the plot.
May 6, 2017
Clark Franklin's One False Move brings a shotgun to a knife fight, and the results aren't pretty.
May 6, 2013
Franklin's convincing portrait of life on both sides of the color line isn't quite like anything I've come across before, making One False Move one very assured directorial move. We need more filmmakers like him.
May 6, 2013
For most of the way, One False Move is taut and sure-footed.
May 6, 2013
Skillfully performed and welcomely unpredictable, this low-budget crime film, made by actor turned director Carl Franklin, starts out as a herky-jerky exploitation piece, then turns into something better.
May 6, 2013
Everything about this movie -- the terse writing, the concise directing, the smart, unaffected acting -- is eminently satisfying.
May 6, 2013
The biggest difference between One False Move and most other action films is the sting in its violence. There is so little stylization here -- so little gimmickry -- that when someone is shot or knifed, you feel it.
May 6, 2013
Emotionally complex thriller with riveting performances.
May 6, 2013
Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along with the energy of In Cold Blood.
May 6, 2013
There's plenty to be impressed by while watching this 1992 noirish thriller, cowritten by Tom Epperson and directed by Carl Franklin, but not a great deal of aftertaste.
September 7, 2011
A sardonic and explosive crooks-on-the-lam saga in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde.
October 2, 2008
Working for the most part in straightforward style, director Carl Franklin achieves considerable suspense by pitting the frailties of each party against the other.
January 26, 2006
One of the finest American movies in recent years.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Franklin's measured pacing and James L. Carter's meticulous cinematography give One False Move a clear, bold, angular look reminiscent of many other nouveau noir films, especially Blood Simple, the one that put the Coen brothers on the map.
January 1, 2000
Franklin's direction is so good that it's no exaggeration to say that One False Move seldom makes one.
January 1, 2000
One False Move is a thriller with a hair-trigger sense of tension. Directed by newcomer Carl Franklin, its power comes from the stripped-down simplicity of its style and the unblinking savagery of its violence.
January 1, 2000
It's an eerie and horrifying experience, ably directed by newcomer Carl Franklin. It's also unsettlingly compelling, even at its most conventional moments.
January 1, 2000
Here is a crime movie that lifts you up and carries you along in an ominously rising tide of tension, building to an emotional payoff of amazing power.