Runoff Reviews

January 14, 2021
Fans of Kelly or films about the farming community might be able to overlook the its short comings and enjoy it but I cannot really recommend the film because it did find it very slow and unengaging.
August 7, 2015
Promising work that's worth checking out.
July 23, 2015
The low energy pace and performances strive for naturalism but just don't achieve compelling tension or suspense.
June 29, 2015
Levin dares something practically unheard of in modern Hollywood movies: she asks the audience to watch, feel, and come to their own conclusions.
June 27, 2015
A little too reluctant to take a stand against chemicals but worth seeing for its empathy for its main character who is forced to carry out a crime that puts her in league with Monsanto.
June 26, 2015
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.
June 25, 2015
An intelligent, sophisticated and mesmerizing slow-burn thriller that's grounded in humanism. Patient viewers will be rewarded the most.
June 25, 2015
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.
June 25, 2015
Truly, Runoff can be an uncomfortable film to watch -- both because Levin's subject matter is supposed to make us uncomfortable and because her film leaves so much untended, is in the end so uneven.
June 25, 2015
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.
June 23, 2015
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.
June 21, 2015
This emotionally affecting film never loses sight of the ethical complexity of forsaking a community in the name of an individual.
June 17, 2015
Intelligent and entertaining, Runoff moves its audience from what was perhaps a vague, wistful notion of the rural existence of family farming to witness the harsh realities of a tragically disappearing American way of life
June 10, 2015
Levin, who also co-edited, gets naturalistic performances from all her actors, and tells her tale with a narrative economy that, despite the leisurely pace, never lingers too long in a scene.
June 10, 2015
Runoff's finely-observed, understated performances invoke a kind of heartland neo-realism.
June 10, 2015
Runoff may never quite cohere as the broadness of some of the writing but as a demonstration of real talent -- and real passion -- it's a strong and superbly-shot debut for director-writer Levin.
June 10, 2015
[Levin] has an instinctive affinity for the Kentucky countryside setting and distinct empathy for the travails facing farming communities. Aside from a few scattered scenes however, the threats faced in Runoff feel generic.
June 10, 2015
Country life goes from bad to worse in Runoff, an American indie that could have made some interesting moral points about agribusiness practices, but gets plowed under by a series of melodramatic events.
June 10, 2015
A hugely promising feature debut for writer-director-editor Kimberly Levin.