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Bad Turn Worse
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 unfortunate and brutal consequences of stealing from his boss. Now Billy Joe, Sue and Bobby must embark on a dangerous journey that will test their trust and friendship and take them across the line from carefree adolescence into the harsh reality of adulthood.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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""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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Had the film not been so open about its ambition, maybe its mediocrity wouldn't seem quite so galling."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"Entertaining pulp."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Bad Turn Worse is an oddly blended heist-rom-dram, but a few memorable scenes will undoubtedly lead to some huge opportunities for those Hawkins boys."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"The Hawkins brothers make the action compelling, nicely capture small-town dead-endedness, and provide emotional voltage throughout. Peformances, too, are impressive, with Pellegrino a standout as the baddie."
‑ Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Southern does a nice job balancing out the super-obvious plot twists with the ones you don't see coming, and even when the characters more cannily constructed than realistic, the Hawkins brothers and the cast play it pretty straight."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Another super-solid indie thriller along the lines of Blue Ruin & Cold in July. Highly recommended."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Bad Turn Worse doesn't quite live up to the Jim Thompson aspirations, but fortunately it doesn't live up to its title, either."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"Sparse and fraught with tension, "Bad Turn Worse" is a smart character piece with a deadly edge."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"For all its familiarity and rote nastiness, the film's sharply crafted and quite promising."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Travis M. Andrews, Paste Magazine
"A shambles of stereotypes and predictable plot points. ... However, there's something special and almost good in Bad Turn Worse."
‑ Kristy Puchko,
"It's a confident, engaging film, undone by some narrative sag in the middle but worth seeing for its opening and closing acts."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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