Killer Joe Reviews

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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+
August 24, 2012
A dreadfully dull black comedy that reckons it's infinitely more provocative and shocking than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 29, 2012
The different characters' motivations are sucked into a vacuum which is only punctuated by moments of extreme and quite abhorrent violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2012
"Killer Joe" is, at bottom-and I mean bottom-ugly and vile, not to mention dumb and clumsy.
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 1, 2012
There is truly never a dull moment but that's not the same thing as good ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
July 28, 2012
Killer Joe, packed with miserable stereotypes doing miserable things with no sense of a higher purpose, plays like a dramatized version of The Jerry Springer Show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 27, 2012
An ugly, ugly film that leaves you feeling dirty inside, especially if you find yourself being entertained and amused by its characters and what they do to each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 14, 2011
Less about storytelling than depravity ...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 26, 2012
Lurches from realism to corn-pone absurdism and exploitation-cinema surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 26, 2012
A sleazy and pointless film about sleazy and pointless people, "Killer Joe" reminds us that what Quentin Tarantino does isn't easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 29, 2012
Becomes unintentionally funny by the grotesque closing stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 2, 2012
The bone-crunchingly violent film has luridly entertaining moments. But by its resolution, this sleazy Southern Gothic nightmare has simply gone off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 26, 2012
To its own detriment, William Friedkin's splattery, southern gothic return to the screen seeks to amuse as well as shake and stir.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 29, 2012
Friedkin remains an expert technician to this day, but it's difficult to understand his enthusiasm for this seemingly juvenile exercise in trailer-trash excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
August 2, 2012
More interested in the sins of the guilty than their effect on the innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 27, 2012
The trials and tribulations of a Texas family that nobody would want to spend any time with.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 1, 2012
This is a case of good actors given earthy characters but...they are really caricatures and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 19, 2012
Vile, evil and brutal, it's a bloody mess that's only saved by Matthew McConaughey's impressively repellent acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2012
Throws down a dare by expecting its audience to be the cool connoisseurs of the story's "comic" outrageousness, then rubbing viewers' faces in close-up scenes of brutality that reasonable people ought not to be able to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2012
There are no characters here, and no drama. It's just a county fair sideshow attraction - 100 minutes of Shoot the Geek.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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