Bad Turn Worse
Bad Turn Worse (2014)

With only a few weeks left until his two best friends leave for college, Billy Joe robs his cotton farmer boss, Giff, in order to pay for one last blow out weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon returning, the teens are confronted by the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It wears its influences on its sleeve, but Bad Turn Worse still boasts more than enough pulpy thrills to justify its place at the table.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Bad Turn Worse is a taut noir tale, bolstered by a trio of excellent lead performances and a well-plotted script.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A juicy neo-noir like "Bad Turn Worse" doesn't have to make total sense to grab you. All it has to do is spit like a snake enough times to show that it means business.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Entertaining pulp.

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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly

Directors Zeke and Simon Hawkins add air-quote references to Jim Thompson, Steven Soderbergh, and the Coen brothers but are too proud of the movie's twists to make them truly snap.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

This cowboy noir works fine as a genre riff, but screenwriter Dutch Southern draws so liberally on the work of Jim Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, and the Coen brothers that he ought to take them all out for drinks.

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Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Another super-solid indie thriller along the lines of Blue Ruin & Cold in July. Highly recommended.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Bad Turn Worse" simply peters out by the night of the big heist, never achieving more than being imitative of small-town noir instead of getting inside it.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Had the film not been so open about its ambition, maybe its mediocrity wouldn't seem quite so galling.

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Travis M. Andrews
Paste Magazine

Bad Turn Worse isn't bad, it's simply generic, but it owns its genre with such swagger one can't help but look forward to seeing these actors, directors and writer in action again.

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