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  • Rated R

independent, special interest

Siblings Addison and Liza split up when their getaway from a casino heist results in a car accident and a dead state trooper. When the siblings reunite, a thrilling showdown occurs that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
4 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
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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.

what families can talk about

  • 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.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ...

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rotten: At times it is riveting stuff and at times ridiculous.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fresh: Perhaps the best thing about "Deadfall" is the lifelike messiness of its ending. A couple of the characters have a lot of explaining to do, and this is one case where a sequel might be in order.

- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday, December 14, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Deadfall was so good. I really enjoyed this thriller. I loved how messed up Liza and Addison were. So damaged and insane yet sane all in one. A crazy combination that made them such interesting characters. The movie had a great cast. The legends Ms. Sissy Spacek and Mr. Kris Kristofferson turned in good performances. I love Spacek. She has always been a favorite of mine since her Carrie days. The woman can play any role. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde did great jobs too. I went from liking Addison to hating him then to being kinda grossed out by him. He is a very messed up individual. Charlie, Charlie. How I love me some Charlie. Jay is an ex-boxer who just got out of prison and is on his way home for Thanksgiving when he comes upon Liza. They get stuck together for a night and things escalate from there. I really liked Kate Mara as Hanna. She was sweet and didn't let the bullies in her department get her down. Her dad was a complete asshole and I couldn't stand him. I felt bad for her. The film is a bit twisted when it comes to Addison and Liza. I enjoyed the story. I'd watch it again.

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

4 stars

A hard-boiled cocktail of a film noir. An exceptional piece of work. An sexy, atmospheric, suspenseful and riveting crime-thriller. It has the type of style and backdrop of a Elmore Lenard novel and the dark edginess of a Coen Brothers film. A well-characterized genre piece that delves deep into it's darkness and brings you on an intense and thrilling ride. Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky crafts a film that's alive, it's engaging, brutal, tense and undeniably entertaining. A dark and compelling classic. A bold and explosive edge of your seat thriller. It's has an impressive all-star cast and is packed with cold intensity, surprising emotional depth, great character development and vivid action all the way to it's chilling and exhilarating conclusion. Eric Bana gives a stellar and tremendous performance, he is a near perfect and brilliant villain. Charlie Hunnam and Olivia Wilde give compelling and stunning performances. Kate Mara is excellent. Treat Williams is terrific. Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek are fantastic.

- allan913, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

3 stars

'Deadfall' is an underrated film that is well shot with a quick pace. Hunnam's acting may get a little wooden, but Bana is electric and subtly creepy. The plot is exhilaratingly fresh, with several characters with different motives all colliding in the same household in a gripping climax. Not sure what all the critics have to complain about, 'Deadfall' is a thrilling piece of work.

- fb100001048934982, Tuesday, January 22, 2013