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  • Summary: A Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich), turns into a disastrous holiday weekend when black sheep daughter Nina (Alicia Witt) pays her first visit home in 15 years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Dec 24, 2013
    75
    Slocombe may not carve up his kin for Cold Turkey, but he serves a wry repast.
  2. 70
    Cold Turkey is a simmering piece of holiday dystopia with a good, scorching boil-over.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Plenty of families harbor resentments, but the goings-on here become ridiculous. Which is too bad, because Cold Turkey has the seeds of a good movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 13, 2013
    40
    Cold Turkey is well-acted, and at times even well-observed, but about 20 minutes of the material actually matters, and the rest is mere putter.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Nov 19, 2013
    40
    As a whole, Cold Turkey is too busy and offers no fresh insight on the inner hysteria of seemingly upright WASPs. The actors work hard, but their roles are mostly one-note. It's Witt who generates the laughs and the pathos.
  6. Reviewed by: Veronika Ferdman
    Nov 19, 2013
    38
    While featuring much screaming, accusations, collision of agendas, and the exhuming of dirty secrets, the film remains emotionally tone deaf.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 19, 2013
    20
    Writer-director Will Slocombe preaches the values of laying resentments on the table, but with no true wisdom or novelty to offer, he’s merely served an instantly forgettable slice of cinema de dysfunction.

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