A well-paced story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it bucks and rolls in unexpected directions to a bloody and satisfying climax.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2014-12-11
Initially the late-80s setting of Cold in July registers as kitsch, but it grows more evocative as the Carpenter impersonation gives way to something weirder and uglier.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2014-06-12
Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn directed by Pottstown-born indie-film provocateur Jim Mickle.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-05-30
A tense, engrossing Texas thriller with a sense of humor as sharp and wounding as a Bowie knife.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-05-29
It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-05-29
"Cold in July" has all the qualifications of a midnight movie in the making.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014-05-29
It doesn't cut too deep. But that can be a relief sometimes, and even a virtue.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-05-29
These unique characters and performances breathe life into the moody world Mickle creates in this vivid, shocking thriller that sticks with you long afterward.
Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News, 2014-05-28
Mickle's bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul's moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-05-27
A gritty, sweaty and entertaining little slice of Texas noir.
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2014-05-24
Mickle made one of the few excellent post-Romero zombie thrillers, Stake Land, and Cold in July is even more fun. He clearly relishes genre conventions and relishes even more turning them inside out.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-05-23
A tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-05-22
As the movie's resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives "Cold in July" a euphoric goofiness.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2014-05-22
Hall couldn't have picked a better role to definitively launch his post-Dexter career.
Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News, 2014-05-22
Movies incorporate plot twists all the time, but rarely with the mind-blowing relish of "Cold In July."
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2014-05-22
On the one hand, the movies hardly need yet more examinations of perceptions of masculinity. On the other, one as well-crafted and constantly surprising as Mickle's adaptation of Joe Lansdale's pulpy crime novel is hard to argue against.
Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 2014-05-22
Get ready to squirm. Be sure to seek out this twisty and terrific sleeper in theaters or on VOD. It's a real find.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2014-05-22
Hall does his best to make sense of Dane, but the plot turns simply don't add up. Good work in a not-so-good movie.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-06-06
Unpredictable, progressively violent, with a knockout performance by Hall.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2014-05-29
Strictly for connoisseurs of violent genre pulp.
David Denby, New Yorker, 2014-05-26