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This debut feature film from music video director Dominic Sena is a romp through the world of serial killing, which in its bleakness and moral bankruptcy looks backwards to Terrence Malick's Badlands and forward to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Michelle Forbes plays hip, Mapplethorpe-esque photographer Carrie Laughlin, who wants to move to California for a fresh start. Her boyfriend, Brian Kessler (David Duchovny), is a writer who has an idea for a new book, a travel tome on the sites of serial murders. The two plan to go on a cross-country tour of the murder sites, with Brian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brad Pitt's performance is crucial, and he rips into the character with a frightening sense of unhinged egomania, violently subverting the Redford-lite pretty-boy image with which so many wanted to associate him"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"An Absolutely riveting movie...Pitt is outstanding"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Pointless knock-off of NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Duchovny and Forbes both miscast and wasted. Juliette Lewis is annoying as ever."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"It's good-looking but unsubstantial."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gritty, haunting voyeur's peek into the human condition."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Truly terrifying journey into madness."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The movie begins extremely well before escalating into the inevitable Straw Dogs confrontation, when the sensitive-intellectual man discovers, just like Dustin Hoffman, that when push comes to shove, we're all brutes and animals."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Visually stylish, thematically creepy."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Far more insightful than the similar but overblown Natural Born Killers."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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