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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
    70
    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
    67
    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
    60
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    20
    Rote, dull and point-blank obvious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    9
    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
    5
    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
    5
    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
    4
    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. Dec 17, 2011
    2
    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
  6. Jun 29, 2012
    2
    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