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  • Summary: Siblings Addison and Liza are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay, en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June and retired sheriff Chet. It’s there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 7, 2012
    90
    It's a tight, taut, expertly crafted thriller from a director to watch.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 2, 2013
    9
    I really enjoyed this movie and if you like a good thriller, you'll like this one too. It deserves better than the critics' reviews. The acting is very good and the action is very good too. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    7
    This movie was suprisingly pretty good. Some cheesy acting at moments but all in all pretty good. Somewhat like an old cohen bros movie. Entertaining at the least. Olivia is strange but hot. Def worth the rent. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand

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