• Released
  • February 15, 2012
  • (Limited 2/15)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 35 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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. Yet curiously, Deadline flows right along.
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40

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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30

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Without Mr. Roberts and his grinning insouciance, this well-meaning mess would have no heartbeat at all.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Plodding, predictable, amateurishly staged and with wild swings in acting quality - sometimes within the same person (Roberts) - this is the kind of well-meaning, homemade concoction hopelessly enamored of the kind of clichéd potboilers that don't get made anymore. And with good reason.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
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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10

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
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. Worse, the film has no pulse and no dramatic tension, despite its subject matter. It's a slog to get to its big revelations.
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25 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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