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The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, Betty confronts a terrifying new reality and will go to desperate lengths to save her family when they are threatened with being forced from their land. An old friend, struggling to keep his own farm profitable by any means necessary-offers Betty a way out. She refuses to get involved, but as the pressures mount for her family and they are on the brink of eviction, her husband, Frank, reveals that he is seriously ill. How far will one to go to take care of one's own? Recalling all that is heartland Americana, this film combines an ecological urgency with a compelling yet sensitive story. (C) Monterey

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (3)

  • Promising work that's worth checking out.

    Aug 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The low energy pace and performances strive for naturalism but just don't achieve compelling tension or suspense.

    Jul 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This isn't a perfect movie... But I can say without hesitation that if you want to be able to say you were there when a great American filmmaker's career kicked off, you need to see Runoff.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The 90-minute movie is a tightly compressed exploration of forces that make it next to impossible to operate a small business when a voracious corporation moves in for the kill.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Even when Levin's symbolism is a little on the nose, these elements are balanced with enough small details and moments that they blend in to the larger texture of the characters' lives.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • The movie achieves an understated resonance through Levin's emotionally sensitive compositions and her clued-in portrayal of life in a middle-American farming community.

    Jun 23, 2015 | Full Review…

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