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Philip Kaufman directs the detective thriller Twisted (originally to be titled The Blackout Murders), with a script by up-and-coming filmmaker Sarah Thorp. Ashley Judd plays troubled police detective Jessica Shepard, who works under the jurisdiction of the man who raised her as his daughter, police Commissioner Mills (Samuel L. Jackson). While investigating a serial murder case, Jessica -- who is has a proclivity for dangerous, drunken one-night-stands -- discovers that all of the victims are men whom she's recently bedded. Complicating matters are her bitter ex-boyfriend (Mark… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thriller seems most interested in lingering over battered and bloodied male faces."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"A suspense thriller without thrills or suspense."
‑ Jorge Morales, Village Voice
"Numbingly predictable, inept, and boring."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Overcooked dialogue, some wildly implausible story devices, and a dearth of remotely likable characters, and Twisted is a crime story that just doesn't pay."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The plot turns are increasingly preposterous, as are the metaphors."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Sarah Thorpe's screenplay is a compendium of by-the-book clichés; Kaufman's direction leaves the material stranded in a limbo between po-faced and trashy; Judd's approximation of drunkenness is worrying to behold."
‑ , Time Out
"Judd is let down by Twisted because tearful, confused victim doesn't come naturally to her; she's not fun to watch suffer if you can't see her calculating the payback."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"At least the performances are solid."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Twisted is so bad I'm embarrassed to have seen it and therefore am a bit ashamed to write even an unkind review."
‑ Gina Carbone, Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
"Judd, Jackson and Garcia's work is pedestrian at best. But they did accept this script."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The outdated, cliche-riddled direction is so inept and indifferent that it's hard to believe Twisted was lensed by the same Philip Kaufman who made The Right Stuff."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This movie plays like they were reading [Roger Ebert's] little movie glossary and they took every cliche in there."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia and David Strathairn all are wasted."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Just like nearly all of Judd's past entries in the genre, this film isn't great, it's just average."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"I didn't go to sleep and only looked at my watch a couple of times, so I guess it wasn't terrible."
‑ Tony Medley,
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