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  • Summary: Inspired by true events, this tense and haunting thriller follows Detective Souder, a homicide detective in a small Texan town, and his partner, transplanted New York City cop Detective Heigh as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping his victims' mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh locals call "The Killings Fields". (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 16, 2011
    Applying Dad's directorial style of sweaty closeups, prowling telephoto shots and an ominous electronic score (by ex-Tindersticks member Dickon Hinchliffe), the younger Mann has dished out a meaty drama with familiar ingredients from the Law & Order kitchen but a distinctively bitter taste.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Oct 12, 2011
    Without "The Wire" and its like as a point of comparison, Texas Killing Fields might seem the natural heir to a gritty '70s cop drama. But with great contemporary TV around, it seems strangely incomplete.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 11, 2011
    When it comes to scenes in which characters are asked to say more than two words, however, the filmmaker's a decided amateur; Moretz, in particular, seems hopelessly stranded as the attitudinal wild child.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 9, 2011
    Texas Killing Fields's mood is one of drowning in quicksand, though said atmosphere is the byproduct of both Ami Canaan Mann's often dreamy direction and an editorial structure that intermittently devolves into elliptical incongruity.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 19, 2011
    Texas Killing Fields begins along the lines of a police procedural and might have been perfectly absorbing if it had played by the rules: strict logic, attention to detail, reference to technical police work. Unfortunately, the movie often seems to stray from such discipline.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 13, 2011
    Ms. Mann (Michael's daughter) does stage a bracing car chase, and Mr. Morgan makes an impression despite a story that's sometimes hard to follow.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 14, 2011
    Rote, dull and point-blank obvious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    Does this movie satisfies the requirements of the genre? Yep. The Genre being: Methodical Crime Thriller. The movie is not slow: It takes its time setting up ambiance and characters, and strives for gritty realism. So expect that, and you will find a nice thriller with a wicked story. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    The film tries to be good with no success. It's a pity as the story is good and the actors Chloe) are outstanding. I guess that the whole production didn't go very well. Thumbs up for Chloe. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2012
    Sloppy and confusing, this movie just didn't know what it wanted to be. Midway through I knew it wasn't going to right itself again and at least in that respect it didn't disappoint. Expand
  4. May 11, 2012
    While we are watching Texas Killing Fields, our mood keeps changing in a very strange, uncontrollable way. We are bored, interested, bored, surprised, and unfortunately, bored again. Maybe this is the fault of clumsy directing, maybe of annoyingly simplified screenplay... and maybe of both of them. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2014
    Texas Killing Fields is a movie that should have been a TV series instead. There is way too much going on here for a simple two hour movie, leaving things confusing and unsettled. Based on a true story, Texas Killing Fields tells the story of an area outside of Texas City known as the highway to hell. Since 1970, more than 60 bodies have been found dumped in this desolate area and most of the crimes have never been solved. This film follows the arrival of a New York City Homicide Detective, who has moved to the area and starts investigating a recent series of crimes. If this film had stuck to the story, it would have been terrific, because there was a lot to work with. Instead, the film jumps between three different crimes, in two different jurisdictions, which leaves a team of detectives separated and working on their own things. There is absolutely no background story on the detectives, the victims, the suspects, or the fields, and when the cops are talking to people, it feels like you've missed a whole lot of background information. Everyone knows everyone in these small towns, but the writers seem to have forgotten that we don't know anyone and were left extremely confused. There are a dozen suspect and a new victim every half hour. With each cop working on his own, we are thrown back and fourth to the point where the film becomes unwatchable. Avatar's Sam Worthington stars and as with that film, he's really nothing special. The guy is an interesting side character at best, but definitely not ready to be starring his own film. His partner is played by Jeffery Morgan, who eerily looks like he could be Javier Bardem's twin. Morgan was somewhat better than Worthington, but again the performance was uneven and hard to judge, because it was simply impossible to keep up with what was going on. Texas Killing Fields had a real life story to play on, but too many good ideas for it's own good. The producers try to pack in as much as they could into 105 minutes, which wasn't enough time to tell the story, and left the audience scratching it's heads. Expand
  6. Dec 17, 2011
    Dull, Dull, Dull. A Terrific waste of time. Terrible plodding storyline that failed to deliver on any front. The movie ended with me wondering what the point of it all was. Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2012
    Despite it's chase scene and ambush scene. Texas Killing Fields is dead. It suffer uneven pacing, confused script, to many plothole and bad acting from its stellar cast. Expand