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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

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

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

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

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