Cold in July

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  • Summary: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’sHow can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. [IFC Films] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 20, 2014
    90
    While Hall and Shepard nail their parts, Don Johnson, still magnetic after all these years, steals the film as a sardonic private eye with a vintage cherry-red convertible.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 22, 2014
    80
    One of those movies that arrives every now and then with no fanfare but a canny sense of how to grab our attention and hold it in a tightening grip.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 29, 2014
    80
    It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing.
  4. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Apr 4, 2014
    75
    Cold In July doesn’t always work and it takes quite a long time to get adjusted to its coiling rhythm, but it’s far better than it has any right to be and perhaps, more significantly, is unusually absorbing and memorable.
  5. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    May 29, 2014
    75
    Cold in July has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 22, 2014
    75
    July is solid throwback storytelling, a crime yarn that may not blow you away but can cut to the bone.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 21, 2014
    40
    Though not without merit, Cold In July finds Mickle happily stalled in front of the drive-in cinema screens of his youth. Let's just hope he can find the exit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    10
    A real thrill ride. The movie changes course quicker than you can believe. It keep you glued to the screen throughout. The three leads were fantastic.
  2. Mar 10, 2015
    9
    A story that has been done before loads of times in movies but this movie takes that story and gives it a twist. Micheal C. hall plays aA story that has been done before loads of times in movies but this movie takes that story and gives it a twist. Micheal C. hall plays a family man with a wife and child, and he is a good man, but one night he hears a nose in the house and he goes to check it out by bringing a gun with him; he saw a mysterious man with a flashlight look at his family photos so Micheal C. hall points a gun at the stranger a shouts him by mistake, and throw out the movie he has to deal with some big problems and he has to risk everything to try to make everything right. The music in this movie is like a electric rock music that works so well in this movie that it reminds me of the drive soundtrack. The acting is freaking brilliant in this movie and the directing is outstanding in this movie. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2014
    8
    Dexter karakteri olarak karşımıza çıkan Micheal dizi sektöründen sıyrılıp sinemada başarılı işler yapabileceğini bize kanıtladı. Muhteşem olayDexter karakteri olarak karşımıza çıkan Micheal dizi sektöründen sıyrılıp sinemada başarılı işler yapabileceğini bize kanıtladı. Muhteşem olay örgüsüne sahip olan film yüksek puanıda hak ediyor... Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2014
    7
    A real interesting film that that works in almost every way. The performances are good and the story will keep you intrigued throughout, alsoA real interesting film that that works in almost every way. The performances are good and the story will keep you intrigued throughout, also the score was really cool. It was really close to an 8 but it's currently my highest 7 of the year. B+ Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2014
    7
    Featuring a trio of fantastic performances from Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepherd, and a rejuvenated Don Johnson, sporting an off-kilter 80s-esqueFeaturing a trio of fantastic performances from Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepherd, and a rejuvenated Don Johnson, sporting an off-kilter 80s-esque electro score, and an engaging plot ripe with welcomely subverting turns in direction, Cold in July will probably go down (unfortunately) as one of the most underrated films of the year. True, the film adds little new context to the repercussions of violence and the expectations of masculinity that impose upon simple men. There is also a kind of corn-brained logic to some of the plot twists, but it never comes across as ridiculous, more campy and fun. If I had to compare this film tonally to something else from this year, Blue Ruin comes to mind, as well as the Nicolas Cage vehicle, Joe. While not nearly as seamless in presenting it's thrills as Blue Ruin or emotionally resonant as Joe, Cold in July still earns merit for being a competently made thriller that has characters more rich than we've come to expect from the genre, as well as an unbridled momentum that builds to a (albeit, predictable) satisfying finale. Worth recommending. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2014
    7
    Not the best but a long way from the worst, if we use OUT OF THE FURNACE as the worst example. Yes the story line/plot has some holes in butNot the best but a long way from the worst, if we use OUT OF THE FURNACE as the worst example. Yes the story line/plot has some holes in but over all the acting and attention to detail in direction and production is very good. Really catches the 80s vibe. Don Johnson is reborn of late and loving his appearances more and more.

    Overall I would say yeah, go for it, turn your brain off or certainly down to popcorn level and enjoy a good ole shoot 'em up/revenge escapade.

    7/10
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  7. Aug 13, 2014
    2
    Great cast and a director from kinder surprise. What a pointless piece of work. It`s starts with questions and mistery and then John CleeseGreat cast and a director from kinder surprise. What a pointless piece of work. It`s starts with questions and mistery and then John Cleese (almost) shows up and says: And now something completely different! Real waste of three great actors. Expand

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