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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
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: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Oct 27, 2014
    8
    This movie is a must watch!!! Stunning performances from lead actors (Especially from Mr. Michael C.Hall), dark but gripping. Also great 80'sThis movie is a must watch!!! Stunning performances from lead actors (Especially from Mr. Michael C.Hall), dark but gripping. Also great 80's enactment from the director. Truly, this movie is a gift. We need more like this. Well, to sum up, you do not need a great budget to make a great 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. Sep 18, 2014
    7
    Well acted and the premise was interesting enough. Overall, It was a very satisfying indie movie that is certainly worth renting at your localWell acted and the premise was interesting enough. Overall, It was a very satisfying indie movie that is certainly worth renting at your local Redbox or on iTunes. Certainly a lot better than I expected it to be. Expand
  5. 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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  6. 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
  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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