(I) (2012)

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25

Metascore

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50
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
40
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.
30
Without Mr. Roberts and his grinning insouciance, this well-meaning mess would have no heartbeat at all.
30
Los Angeles Times
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.
25
Slant Magazine
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.
10
Village Voice
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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