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An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.



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Philip Kaufman directs the detective thriller Twisted (originally to be titled The Blackout Murders), with a script by up-and-coming filmmaker Sarah Thorp. Ashley Judd plays troubled police detective Jessica Shepard, who works under the jurisdiction of the man who raised her as his daughter, police Commissioner Mills (Samuel L. Jackson). While investigating a serial murder case, Jessica -- who is has a proclivity for dangerous, drunken one-night-stands -- discovers that all of the victims are men whom she's recently bedded. Complicating matters are her bitter ex-boyfriend (Mark Pellegrino), her very curious therapist (David Strathairn), and her odd-behaving new partner Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia).

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Ashley Judd
as Jessica Shepard
Andy Garcia
as Mike Delmarco
David Strathairn
as Dr. Melvin Frank
Russell Wong
as Lt. Tong
Mark Pellegrino
as Jimmy Schmidt
Titus Welliver
as Dale Becker
D.W. Moffett
as Ray Porter
Richard T. Jones
as Wilson Jefferson
Leland Orser
as Edmund Culter
James Oliver Bullock
as John Flanagan
William Hall
as Chip Marshall
Joe Duer
as Larry Geber
James Hechim
as Bob Sherman
Drew Letchworth
as Bartender
Leonard Thomas
as Mills' Aide
Joe Drago
as Man at Bar
Bruce F. Marovich
as Lieutenant Marovich
Danny Lopez
as Sergeant Lopez
Lyn Tomioka
as Yawara Instructor
Leslie Kaye
as Forensic Lab Technician
Angela Tse
as Forensic Lab Technician
Ofri Fuchs
as Girl at Saloon
Angelo Miller
as Saloon Bouncer
Peter Ridet
as Cop Bar Bartender
Garrett Townsend
as Man at Saloon
Victor Vallejo
as Inspector Vallejo
Carola Zertuche
as Flamenco Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Twisted

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Audience Reviews for Twisted


Very average thriller with who cares ending. I gave it an extra star for Ashley, as I always think she is quite good. Story here is just a bit flat and surprisingly dull.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Who done it? Typical in you know there is "twist" coming, but still enjoyable. Something felt very 1990s about the whole movie.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Twisted is your typical thriller that has a obligatory, game-changing twist at the end. Ashley Judd is as gorgeous as always, while Garcia and Jackson phone-in performances that really don't require a lot of effort from them. There's nothing new here, and the "why" of the murders wasn't really explained to my satisfaction, but whatever. You know if you like these kinds of movies or not, and if you you do, then Twisted is worth watching on TV (or picking up at the store for $5, like I did).

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


A film with a lot of talent which can't get over a very bad script. First of all it throws out some excellent ideas of how everyone is a killer, it's just about control, but soon gets swept away with "could it be him?" crapness. Constantly it sheds a shadow over characters, all except one. Could this one person be the killer? You decide. The performances are great, especially Strathairn and Garcia but they have no other purpose than to be suspects in a film more focussed on giving a "never see it coming twist" than a logical conclusion. Some laughable dream sequences round out this poor attempt at psychological horror.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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