Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 28, 2012
    63
    Deadfall suffers most obviously from a sense of not being adequately developed.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 5, 2012
    50
    There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 7, 2012
    38
    There's nothing you haven't seen before - and better - in Deadfall, which would seem to appeal mostly to fans of snowmobile chases.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 6, 2012
    38
    Wilde is stuck with the harder job of simultaneously playing sexy, innocent, conniving, and heartsore, and the effort appears to give her a headache. "This is kind of like an old movie," Liza says to Jay in one scene. Lady, don't you wish.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 6, 2012
    70
    A diverting neo-noir, Deadfall brings to mind those dark, old-fashioned entertainments in rotation on Turner Classic Movies that suck you in with their genre machinery, sullen beauties and despair.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 7, 2012
    90
    It's a tight, taut, expertly crafted thriller from a director to watch.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 6, 2012
    40
    If Deadfall had more life, it might have been about more than just its wannabe edge. Ruzowitzky, whose 2007 film "The Counterfeiters" won a Best Foreign Film Oscar, understands the movie's simple plan. But it nonetheless puts us into a big sleep.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 6, 2012
    75
    There's a powerfully creepy sensibility to Deadfall. But the way it handles the messiness of families -- a universal message given vivid metaphorical life in the blood and guts it leaves in its path -- is finally rewarding.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 6, 2012
    50
    Deadfall, though, is a thing of pieces: splendidly efficient in its action sequences (car crash, knife fight, snowmobile chase), dawdling in dialogue scenes that should smolder with tension.
  10. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 5, 2012
    42
    The best parts of Deadfall are absorbed into a scenario that frequently ditches the cat-and-mouse routine and tries instead to be about three dysfunctional families working toward reconciliation.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 6, 2012
    40
    Some of the language is smart, sinister and ironic in just the right ways, particularly when Addison, Eric Bana's serial-killing mastermind, delivers it. In other cases, the dialogue is so ludicrously off - either unnecessary, or unnecessarily misogynistic if a cop is doing the talking - that it's hard to believe the same person wrote it.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 28, 2012
    83
    A bonafide family drama, proof that the noir has humanistic roots. It left me feeling thankful for persistent movie traditions.
  13. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 4, 2012
    75
    Deadfall is an above-average genre piece with a terrific cast that builds to a bloody Thanksgiving dinner shoot-out I found pretty close to unforgettable.
  14. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Dec 23, 2012
    50
    Despite a super-dark noir plot and respectable cast, Deadfall is a thriller that never quite delivers on its promise.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 7, 2012
    55
    The movie's violence, although gruesome, flirts with slapstick, and the story appears bound for domestic comedy when all the major characters sit down for Thanksgiving dinner at June and Chet's grand Victorian farmhouse. But the meal becomes more freak show than satire.
  16. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 14, 2012
    75
    Bana ("Munich") makes an effective bad guy. Hunnam portrays Jay as a hero worth rooting for. And Wilde turns in a nuanced performance as a woman in conflict with herself.
  17. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Dec 6, 2012
    25
    Watching Deadfall really is like being trapped in a blizzard – the cinematography is so muddy you can barely make out what's going on on screen (besides the bright splashes of blood) – you're antsy to be anywhere else but where you are.
  18. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Nov 28, 2012
    80
    A highly satisfying Western-cum-noir in the old tradition, Deadfall is alive in ways that are all too rare among American movies.
  19. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Dec 6, 2012
    50
    Solid performances from veterans Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson as Jay's parents, and Treat Williams as the sheriff, anchor the older generation, but the characters do tend to conform to stereotypes of hard, unforgiving men and loving, patient women.
  20. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Dec 4, 2012
    50
    There are hints of a fun, trashy film beneath the surface, but that film is always subservient to the dull one Dean and Ruzowitzky were more comfortable making.
  21. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 4, 2012
    20
    Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) may be an occasionally interesting visual stylist, but storytelling-wise, his second English-language effort couldn't be more stillborn.
  22. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Nov 28, 2012
    70
    Tonally, Deadfall seems to be aiming somewhere between Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan" and the brilliant Pine Barrens episode of "The Sopranos," with a classic Western showdown at its climax. But the pedestrian writing holds it back.
  23. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Nov 28, 2012
    38
    None of Eric Bana's mildly rousing moments clearly rise above the laborious gobbledygook that Ruzowitzky builds up through the course of the film's 94-minute duration.
  24. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 28, 2012
    20
    A crime saga cobbled together from scraps of genre predecessors, Deadfall's unbelievable silliness escalates at every turn.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 9, 2013
    8
    It was a winter flick,so there was atmosphere,which delivers the viewer a warm feeling of security,sitting a closed environment.A crime has been committed because of the elicit money.They are on the run,which delivers a taunt suspense.Then the crash.There is the mystery of the cause of the "accident".Hana delivers an evil,devil may care performance.There is an odd relationship between Wilde and himself,which is only hinted at,casting a darker noir aspect.A predictable ending,with a twist,was ultimately satisfying.Atmosphere made the film.I enjoyed it,somewhat surprisingly. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2013
    5
    A car crash, four deaths and a finger sliced off and that's all in the first 20 minutes. Deadfall is certainly not without incident. However, after the first half an hour it all starts to get a little dull despite all the action. It's only when the drama moves into the home of Kristofferson and Spacek that some real tension and emotion is able to spring forth. For the rest of the time the film feels disjointed and lacks any real rhythm. Performances are decent, despite some stilted dialogue, and the snowbound scenario is also good value. On the whole, though, this is just like your average B movie. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2013
    6
    This movie had so much potential especially with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Kris Kristofferson starring in this movie. This movie was well acted and the plot was okay but the ending could have been better. However the special effects were pretty good. The good thing about this movie was that you never knew what was going to happen next. It was good until the ending but it was still enjoyable and worth watching nonetheless. Full Review »