Deadline
Deadline (2012)

Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts star in Deadline, the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 17, 2012
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Has all the dramatic punch of a community theater production.

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John Anderson
Variety

Although helmer Curt Hahn champions the causes of racial justice and crusading journalism, he can't seem to find a tone that's consistent or that befits the gravity of his subject matter.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

A case involving the murder of a black youth gets solved here, but absolutely nothing could help this numbingly awful, undoubtedly well-intentioned but who-cares-it's-so-bad farrago.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Too lifeless for Lifetime and too inept to do justice to its source material...

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

The fact that real-life deadly racial animus in America is often cartoonish in its manifestation doesn't excuse Deadline's cliché-ridden characterizations of bigotry.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

By the end of it, you'll be crying uncle--or wish you were watching The Help instead. At least that was a more artful lie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The plot, in short, is underwhelming. It merely follows the reporters as the screenplay serves them the solution to their case on a silver platter.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...it's not evil and it's enjoyable in the same way the really terrible movies featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 were enjoyable (or at least it was for me and my jaded sensibilities)... a well-intentioned mess.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The acting is the strong suit of this 'cold case civil rights murder' drama, with songwriter J.D. Souther -- who resembles a more professorial Clint Eastwood -- making a particularly distinct impression.

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