'Texas Killing Fields' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
33%
Rotten Tomatoes:   42 reviews
  • Neil Genzlinger New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Takes its suspense for granted, which leaves it weak where it should be at its most chilling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cath Clarke Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Forget about murder: this moody cop thriller is guilty of a more heinous offence - criminal negligence of its dream-team cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The plot is a chaos of underdeveloped relationships and frayed loose ends, but every so often, Mann does something so right that it makes this seem less a matter of narrative disorganization than a commentary on the anarchy intrinsic to any investigation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    The only notable element of this police procedural is that director Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of filmmaker Michael Mann ("Heat," "Collateral"), who produced here, appreciates dad's esthetic but can't replicate it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lana Berkowitz Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    40
    The characters will be familiar to fans of police procedural shows and TV movies.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Scenes do not always necessarily follow one another. I was sometimes unclear who some of the characters were.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [A] southern-fried rehash of David Fincher's Seven.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    The story simply doesn't stand up, with its combination of well-worn plot elements and confusing red herrings -- or maybe they're just details that don't add up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Long on style and short on coherent storytelling...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    It might be unfair to read an artist's work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Neil Young Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Despite the presence of some notable names at the top of the cast including the currently ubiquitous Jessica Chastain, the steadily-paced drama looks more of a small-screen proposition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Like the Texas City killer's plans, something's gone terribly wrong.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michelle Alexandria Eclipse Magazine
    67
    I know many people don't like Sam Worthington and I'm one of them. Worthington is trying to prove that he's not the one-dimensional actor that we all think he is.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    20
    depressing characters slogging through a depressing story for a depressing movie
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Paul Chambers CNNRadio
    34
    "Texas Killing Fields" is nothing more than an average crime thriller with some better-than-average suspense. Paul Chambers, CNN.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    50
    Don Ferrarone's script could have used one more revision for sequential flow, character depth and back-story clarity. But there's promise for Ms. Mann.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ebert Presents At The Movies
    A pretty routine police procedural with...a little bit of regional flavor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    50
    works sporadically, but never consistently, and ends up feeling much lighter and more forgettable than its "inspired by true events" tagline would seem to merit
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Mottram Total Film
    Mann Jr shows plenty of promise in a film that doesn't tarnish the family name. But hindered by niggling flaws, it hardly revolutionises an over-saturated genre.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Boo Allen Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
    60
    Despite the jumbled plot and structural problems, the shady characters and gritty settings compensate.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press
    50
    Post-Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, there's no reason for the level of suspense to be commensurate with a first season episode of C.S.I. New York.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Nothing in this film sets your nerves a-tingling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Merely an elongated version of any current crime show on television
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    40
    A procedural without structure. It's a mood piece with no definable mood. It's a thriller without clear villains or even threats.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    Just uses a spooky atmosphere and fractured style to disguise the fact that it's actually covering quite familiar territory.
    Full Review » 3 years ago