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Killer Joe Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film is drowning in so much depraved gunk that subtleties are lost. The payoff is dandy anyway ...

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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You end up feeling sorry for all the actors forced to humiliate themselves, except for McConaughey, whose portrayal of sadistic, manipulative evil is mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's hard not to watch this explosive power punch of a movie and not love absolutely every frame.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2012
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press

A little slice of Southern Gothic is just what the back room doctor ordered in this summer of explodey superhero movies.

Full Review Source: Houston Press | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 21, 2012
William Bibbiani

Killer Joe may be a great film, but it's not a particularly good one.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 21, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A movie that doesn't know what "failure of nerve" means.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

August 21, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Vile, evil and brutal, it's a bloody mess that's only saved by Matthew McConaughey's impressively repellent acting.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 3/10

August 19, 2012
Chris Sawin

"Killer Joe" is downright hysterical, clever, expertly written, and incredibly unnerving. This is easily a career best performance for Matthew McConaughey.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 10/10

August 18, 2012
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix

This is a movie that literally wallows in its base and crude story making you itch and run for the shower after exiting the theater.

Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 17, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Friedkin creates a twisted work of trailer-park noir that both surprises and horrifies, and gives us one more reason to call 2012 the year of McConaughey.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie frequently clicks as a sendup of over-the-top film-noir storytelling.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A Southern Gothic pulp-noir freak show, yee-haw.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C minus

August 10, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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If y'all like your comedy with a Lone Star drawl and as black as Texas tea, then by all means tuck right into Killer Joe.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 10, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Killer Joe, which is peppered with a number of palpably striking sequences, builds to an absolutely enthralling (and purposefully over-the-top) climax that's almost jaw-dropping in its audacity...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 10, 2012
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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In the immortal words of Wayne's World: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl."

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

August 10, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Mostly makes you want to go home and have a shower.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 10, 2012
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

Really entertaining, and dark and twisted.

Full Review Source: What the Flick?! | Original Score: 7/10

August 9, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Killer Joe is twisted pulp, and the actors chew on it bravely, boldly, and with varying degrees of success.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's as mean as a snake.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

Friedkin directs; his taste for sadism has never been personified better than in McConaughey's unassuming-but-dangerous drawl.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 9, 2012
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