After a one-night stand, a successful married man finds himself entangled and tricked in a female detective's latest investigation murder scheme.

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      • Michael EalyDerrick Tyler
      • Hilary SwankDetective Valerie Quinlan
      • Mike ColterRafe Grimes
      • Damaris LewisTracie Tyler
      • Geoffrey OwensBill Cranepool
      • Tyrin TurnerTyrin Abenathy
      • Danny PinoCarter Heywood
      • David HoflinOfficer Lowe
      • Sam DalyOfficer Stallman
      • Chic DanielInvestigator


      • 75

        The Film Stage

        Fatale works well as an updated throwback. It’s a well-made, well-acted neo-noir absent any sort of self-seriousness or superfluous posturing. An hour-and-a-half has rarely moved faster.
      • 60

        Los Angeles Times

        While Fatale isn’t special, it’s better than most specimens of the genre due to its turns (again, I recommend skipping the trailer — which also makes it look like a differently made film, one using bolder cinematic techniques) and Swank’s exploration of her character.
      • 60

        The Hollywood Reporter

        Fatale proves very watchable, in an incredulous B-movie kind of way, and Taylor is a slick enough filmmaker to keep things moving swiftly and entertainingly. The film certainly looks terrific, thanks to Dante Spinotti's glossy cinematography and the high-end production design and costuming.
      • 50

        The A.V. Club

        What keeps Fatale from really working as a noir pastiche (or, dare to dream, a Coens-esque ghoulish comedy of violently incompetent malfeasance) is its gentle, kid-gloved deference to the idea that Derrick is a good guy, rather than a weak-willed dope or even an affable bumbler in over his head.
      • 50

        The New York Times

        While this latter-day noir never builds up the froth of lurid delirium that brings genre pictures into a headier dimension, it’s got enough juice to hold your attention.
      • 50


        The story provides basic satisfactions expected from its ilk — infidelity is punished, pure malevolent craziness likewise — even if more rotely than one might hope. Part of the reason there’s a diminished climactic payoff here is that Swank, credible enough early on, can’t quite summon the demented spark Val needs.
      • 40

        Austin Chronicle

        As improbable as Valerie’s endgame seems once revealed, it plainly demonstrates she’s nobody's chump. It’s not exactly a feminist reading, but one that gives Fatale a little backbone.
      • 38

        Movie Nation

        The David Loughery script — he wrote Ealy’s “The Intruder” — wins points for attempted twists, but frankly they don’t build suspense or deliver shocks, so what’s the point?

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