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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’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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  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: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  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. Jun 1, 2014
    7
    Director Jim Mickle is creating a strong bounty of dark and seedy films that contemplate the American nightmare. COLD IN JULY is not as strong as his masterwork STAKELAND, but it haunts with its brooding tone and sense of sadness. COLD IN JULY is anchored by three wonderful performances from Michael C. Hall, Sam Shephard, and especially the amazing Don Johnson who is at his best.

    Mickle isolates his characters in a world that is never what it seems. Where issues are far more complex than one can imagination. In other words, unlike other "horror" filmmakers, Mickle is grounded in the profound and complex world of the real.
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  3. Jun 9, 2014
    6
    Michael C. Hall sports a trim mullet and 80s moustache as the mild-mannered man who shoots an intruder in his house late at night. The burglar's ex-con father (Sam Shepard) shows up and the intrigue begins. The film starts tightly-wound and produces some early tension, but once the convoluted plot starts to develop, it poses more and more mystery without much payoff. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2014
    4
    Disappointing to say the least despite having a trailer which makes it look so exciting. The scenario is very promising, beginning as it does with a house burglary that is not all it seems to be, and one settles down to enjoy what should have been an accomplished thriller. Unfortunately, edge of seat thrills are what is sadly lacking. Scenes start promisingly enough, but tension is never sufficiently generated and the film sinks under a morass of unfulfilled expectation. There are twists and turns along the way, but these are not handled skilfully enough to make the film a winner and only a couple of moments come close to creating any kind of frisson. To be fair the last 20 minutes, although very violent, offer some compensation. Overall, though, one is left feeling well and truly underwhelmed by it all. Expand
  5. 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 Cleese (almost) shows up and says: And now something completely different! Real waste of three great actors. Expand

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