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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Rote, dull and point-blank obvious. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A just-OK second feature from Ami Canaan Mann – daughter of Michael Mann, one of two credited producers here – and the latest outing for "Avatar" and "Clash of the Titans'" Sam Worthington. show more

  • 55
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Moretz brings some natural gravity to a role that hasn't been adequately fleshed out. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Texas Killing Fields begins along the lines of a police procedural and might have been perfectly absorbing if it had played by the rules: strict logic, attention to detail, reference to technical police work. Unfortunately, the movie often seems to stray from such discipline. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Basically "csi: East Texas,'' the debut feature of Ami Canaan Mann is long on style and short on coherent storytelling, not unlike numerous efforts by her director dad, Michael, who serves as a producer here. show more

  • 50
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Texas Killing Fields's mood is one of drowning in quicksand, though said atmosphere is the byproduct of both Ami Canaan Mann's often dreamy direction and an editorial structure that intermittently devolves into elliptical incongruity. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    When it comes to scenes in which characters are asked to say more than two words, however, the filmmaker's a decided amateur; Moretz, in particular, seems hopelessly stranded as the attitudinal wild child. show more

  • 50
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    The story simply doesn't stand up, with its combination of well-worn plot elements and confusing red herrings -- or maybe they're just details that don't add up. show more

  • 50
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    The younger Mann goes through the motions of a gritty murder mystery with plenty of technical proficiency but only a modicum of soul. The Mann touch is not only in the DNA of the director but in her movie, which inadvertently makes the case that atmosphere is more hereditary than innovation. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    It's an intriguingly murky B-movie that should satisfy genre buffs. show more

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