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Deadfall Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Mostly dead on arrival. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There isn't much to the characters in this morose thriller.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Deadfall suffers most obviously from a sense of not being adequately developed.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Violent Thanksgiving-set thriller isn't family friendly.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Deadfall is a thriller with some strong violence and sexual situations. Though it's set over the Thanksgiving holiday, it isn't family-friendly entertainment: Many characters are morally ambiguous, and the story deals with troubled family relationships. The main female character has sex twice and is briefly seen topless, and there are some bloody killings/injuries, guns and shootings, stabbings, and severed fingers. Language is strong and includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's some background drinking and smoking, and one character is shown to be a mean, intimidating drunk.

  • Families can talk about Deadfall's violence. How does its impact compare to what you've seen in other action/thriller movies? Does it seem over-the-top?
  • What are the dynamics like in the various families shown in this story? Are any of them problem-free? Do any of them have similar problems?
  • What is the brother-sister relationship like between the main characters? What are its strengths and weaknesses? How well do they communicate?
  • How does the movie portray sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Many characters are morally ambiguous, and the story deals with troubled family relationships. But a character gets out from under the influence of her bad-news brother and learns that she might be capable of -- and deserve -- a more positive and hopeful life. A few moments of families taking care of one another.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character, a robber, is mostly terrible, though he does try to help out a family in need in his own way. And his sister comes to realize that she might be worth more than she thought. Characters in smaller roles are generally kind and helpful, even if they have their assorted flaws, problems, and bad luck.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The main character is a bank robber who kills at least three people over the course of the movie. Another of the major characters accidentally kills a man during a fight. A character dies in a car crash. Guns are fired. People are stabbed. Some blood is shown. There's a fight that results in fingers being chopped off; the victim cauterizes the wound on a hot snowmobile engine. A man's neck is sliced on a barbed-wire fence.

  • sex false4

    Sex: The main female character has sex twice with a man she has just met. During the second scene, she's briefly shown topless. The man's naked bottom is shown.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" and "s--t" are used several times, as are "a--hole," "hell," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A minor character is shown to be a mean drunk, frightening his wife and stepchildren. The main character takes a few swigs from bottles of booze. Main characters occasionally smoke cigarettes. Other characters drink socially in a bar.