The film is drowning in so much depraved gunk that subtleties are lost. The payoff is dandy anyway ...
| Original Score: 3/4
You end up feeling sorry for all the actors forced to humiliate themselves, except for McConaughey, whose portrayal of sadistic, manipulative evil is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's hard not to watch this explosive power punch of a movie and not love absolutely every frame.
| Original Score: 4/4
A little slice of Southern Gothic is just what the back room doctor ordered in this summer of explodey superhero movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Killer Joe may be a great film, but it's not a particularly good one.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
A movie that doesn't know what "failure of nerve" means.
| Original Score: 8/10
Vile, evil and brutal, it's a bloody mess that's only saved by Matthew McConaughey's impressively repellent acting.
| Original Score: 3/10
"Killer Joe" is downright hysterical, clever, expertly written, and incredibly unnerving. This is easily a career best performance for Matthew McConaughey.
| Original Score: 10/10
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.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
The movie frequently clicks as a sendup of over-the-top film-noir storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A Southern Gothic pulp-noir freak show, yee-haw.
| Original Score: C minus
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.
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...
In the immortal words of Wayne's World: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl."
Mostly makes you want to go home and have a shower.
| Original Score: 4/5
Really entertaining, and dark and twisted.
| Original Score: 7/10
Killer Joe is twisted pulp, and the actors chew on it bravely, boldly, and with varying degrees of success.
It's as mean as a snake.
Friedkin directs; his taste for sadism has never been personified better than in McConaughey's unassuming-but-dangerous drawl.
| Original Score: 3.5/4