Takes its suspense for granted, which leaves it weak where it should be at its most chilling.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
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.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The characters will be familiar to fans of police procedural shows and TV movies.
Lana Berkowitz - Houston Chronicle
Scenes do not always necessarily follow one another. I was sometimes unclear who some of the characters were.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
[A] southern-fried rehash of David Fincher's Seven.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Long on style and short on coherent storytelling...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It might be unfair to read an artist's work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
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.
Neil Young - Hollywood Reporter
Like the Texas City killer's plans, something's gone terribly wrong.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The film doesn't really go anywhere or establish any narrative sense, which is problem, since it's ostensibly a police procedural.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
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.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
depressing characters slogging through a depressing story for a depressing movie
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
"Texas Killing Fields" is nothing more than an average crime thriller with some better-than-average suspense. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
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.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A pretty routine police procedural with...a little bit of regional flavor.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
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
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
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.
James Mottram - Total Film
Despite the jumbled plot and structural problems, the shady characters and gritty settings compensate.
A procedural without structure. It's a mood piece with no definable mood. It's a thriller without clear villains or even threats.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
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.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Nothing in this film sets your nerves a-tingling.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Merely an elongated version of any current crime show on television
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Reduces the police procedural to its bare essentials.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Just uses a spooky atmosphere and fractured style to disguise the fact that it's actually covering quite familiar territory.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The police intelligence couldn't be more basic--oh, really, do you think those sleazy dudes changed the license plate on their car?
Matt Pais - RedEye
Although it's interesting to see this type of rural life under siege, it's the subject matter which the director should have had grabbed by the throat, not vulnerable women.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
A two-pronged police procedural whose misdirection can't disguise its essential lack of juice..feels half-baked and half-hearted.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The atmosphere of imminent evil is like that in Mann Sr's masterly Manhunter, and there are brilliantly staged, edgily unexpected action sequences.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
An assured, moody police procedural rendered with rich cinematography.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Dripping in gothic atmosphere, the only problem is it's all too easy to guess who did what.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Mostly, we see characters glancing significantly toward one another or arguing about things that don't matter all that much in the outcome, and there is one oh-so-clever red herring.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A competent film but only marginally better than typical TV fare.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Forget about murder: this moody cop thriller is guilty of a more heinous offence - criminal negligence of its dream-team cast.
It's all just shorthand and cliches from other cop movies - the moral avenger, the workaholic loner.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A solid police procedural with strong performances from its four main actors.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
We get to know the detectives at the film's core, how they work, what drives them, and the place they're sworn to protect. And then the film ends after telling only one story, which seems kind of odd these days.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Mann is definitely one to watch.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
As solid Saturday night entertainment goes, this is a consistently compelling, enjoyably old school potboiler.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
The identity of the villain is beside the point; he-she-it might as well have a Looney Tunes-ish neon arrow emblazoned KILLER! pointing at their noggin. What matters more is the thick sense of atmosphere that Mann and her collaborators conjure.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Director Mann does a fine job in presenting a bleak, matter-of-fact police procedural TV pilot. Only problem is, Texas Killing Fields was not made for television.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
On more than one occasion, scenes just don't seem to fit right, as if an editing-room scuffle had left some crucial connective tissue on the floor.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine