Killer Joe Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014

Killer Joe is trash. Not bad trash. Not pretentious trash. Just plain old ugly, funny, and sophisticated trash.

Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014

The tone in Killer Joe feels so expertly and delicately crafted that we only laugh at the film's absurd scenarios if and when the filmmaker permits it so.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013

Violent, coarse, perverted, and sickly hilarious, this is highly recommend for those who like their entertainment on the nasty, demented tip.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013

This Southern-fried, darkly humorous trailer-trash exploitation crime noir revels in the greedy characters' idiocy and the deranged story's psychosexual luridness.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

An intriguing (and sometimes off-putting) cinematic creation featuring Matthew McConaughey in one of his best performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

The movie is gross and smutty: It is having so much fun portraying terrible people doing terrible things to one another that it has no interest in pausing to think about what any of this means. Thankfully.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

McConaughey is making an emphatic statement that 2012 is going to be his renaissance. And not even a turkey like "Killer Joe" is going to get in his way.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Meredith Borders
Badass Digest
April 3, 2013

Friedkin, Letts and the entire cast barrel ahead through incredibly strange, dark territory, never looking back to see if the audience is keeping up. But those who do won't regret it.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013

McConaughey is funny and fearsome in the title role, the devil holding the family accountable for their choices.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 21, 2013

As sordid and vile as possible.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 11, 2013

Killer Joe is America at its worst but Friedkin and McConaghey at very close to their best.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012

It's like a cheap, nasty dessert: completely devoid of nutrition, probably very bad for you, but kind of delicious while it briefly lasts.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 15, 2012

Only the faint-hearted or KFC kitchen staff should give it a miss.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
November 11, 2012

Stage-to-screen adaptations are rarely this primal, and it's been a long time since a William Friedkin film has felt so vital.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012

The humor magnifies the horror, and vice versa. Like the inflammatory Dr. Strangelove, we've sewn these seeds, and we deserve whatever is reaped from them.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kofi Outlaw
October 2, 2012

Killer Joe will leave many people in shock, confusion, and in need of a thorough shower by the time it's done.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 28, 2012

The scene with the fried chicken drumstick might cause Colonel Sanders to repurpose one of his famous buckets as a barf bag.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012

Killer Joe is a white-hot fever dream of a film. A toxic swill of sex and violence, Joe is mordantly funny, tantalizing and, ultimately, shocking.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 21, 2012

Matthew McConaughey gives an intensely wry performance while director William Friedkin applies his old-master craftsmanship to a brutal, ugly story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012

Killer Joe will both infuriate and impress, but when it impresses there is nothing quite like it. It plays on the senses and lingers in the mind, McConaughey is brilliant and Friedkin finds himself in his best form in years

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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