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Deadfall

6/10
Thriller . Drama . Crime
 

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

 
Actors: Dennis Lafond , Kate Mara , Allison Graham , Jason Cavalier , Treat Williams , Sissy Spacek , Kris Kristofferson , Patrick Kerton , Charlie Hunnam , Olivia Wilde , Eric Bana
Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Country: USA , FRANCE
Release: 2012-11-09
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's a tight, taut, expertly crafted thriller from a director to watch.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    A bonafide family drama, proof that the noir has humanistic roots. It left me feeling thankful for persistent movie traditions.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition, Deadfall is alive in ways that are all too rare among American movies.

    Variety Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Bana ("Munich") makes an effective bad guy. Hunnam portrays Jay as a hero worth rooting for. And Wilde turns in a nuanced performance as a woman in conflict with herself.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There's a powerfully creepy sensibility to Deadfall. But the way it handles the messiness of families -- a universal message given vivid metaphorical life in the blood and guts it leaves in its path -- is finally rewarding.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Deadfall is an above-average genre piece with a terrific cast that builds to a bloody Thanksgiving dinner shoot-out I found pretty close to unforgettable.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A diverting neo-noir, 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Tonally, Deadfall seems to be aiming somewhere between Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan" and the brilliant Pine Barrens episode of "The Sopranos," with a classic Western showdown at its climax. But the pedestrian writing holds it back.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Deadfall suffers most obviously from a sense of not being adequately developed.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    The movie's violence, although gruesome, flirts with slapstick, and the story appears bound for domestic comedy when all the major characters sit down for Thanksgiving dinner at June and Chet's grand Victorian farmhouse. But the meal becomes more freak show than satire.

    NPR Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, Deadfall is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    Solid performances from veterans Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson as Jay's parents, and Treat Williams as the sheriff, anchor the older generation, but the characters do tend to conform to stereotypes of hard, unforgiving men and loving, patient women.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Deadfall, though, is a thing of pieces: splendidly efficient in its action sequences (car crash, knife fight, snowmobile chase), dawdling in dialogue scenes that should smolder with tension.

    Time Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    There are hints of a fun, trashy film beneath the surface, but that film is always subservient to the dull one Dean and Ruzowitzky were more comfortable making.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The best parts of Deadfall are absorbed into a scenario that frequently ditches the cat-and-mouse routine and tries instead to be about three dysfunctional families working toward reconciliation.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Some of the language is smart, sinister and ironic in just the right ways, particularly when Addison, Eric Bana's serial-killing mastermind, delivers it. In other cases, the dialogue is so ludicrously off - either unnecessary, or unnecessarily misogynistic if a cop is doing the talking - that it's hard to believe the same person wrote it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    If Deadfall had more life, it might have been about more than just its wannabe edge. Ruzowitzky, whose 2007 film "The Counterfeiters" won a Best Foreign Film Oscar, understands the movie's simple plan. But it nonetheless puts us into a big sleep.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in Deadfall, which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Wilde is stuck with the harder job of simultaneously playing sexy, innocent, conniving, and heartsore, and the effort appears to give her a headache. "This is kind of like an old movie," Liza says to Jay in one scene. Lady, don't you wish.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    None of Eric Bana's mildly rousing moments clearly rise above the laborious gobbledygook that Ruzowitzky builds up through the course of the film's 94-minute duration.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Watching Deadfall really is like being trapped in a blizzard – the cinematography is so muddy you can barely make out what's going on on screen (besides the bright splashes of blood) – you're antsy to be anywhere else but where you are.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A crime saga cobbled together from scraps of genre predecessors, Deadfall's unbelievable silliness escalates at every turn.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
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