Killing Them Softly Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014

With such a strong cast, it's hard to imagine how things went so wrong.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014

f you find Dominik's unsubtle political statements too obvious, there is still plenty else going on in Killing Them Softly to marvel at with its familiar, and yet fresh, genre elements.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 27, 2013

Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

Dominik wears his nihilism as a badge, but that's not what it is at all: It's a crutch, and an awfully flimsy one.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013

It's a middling gangster film, but belabored with too much Sturm und Drang, particularly in banging over the audience's head the constant reminders of the fiscal cliff.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

Andrew Dominik's follow-up to 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' too often fails to engage with its uneven mix of guns and gab.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 24, 2013

Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is a potent and miraculously-shot film that captures America's recent financial collapse through a criminal lens.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 21, 2013

A noir-ish crime drama with a brain, and despite its flaws and inconsistencies, a film worth seeing. Dominik remains a filmmaker to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Catherine Bray
Film4
March 4, 2013

Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections.

Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013

Brad Pitt excels amongst an incredible ensemble cast in this gritty crime thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 12, 2013

There are many cinematic cardinal sins, but the latest film from Aussie director Andrew Dominik commits two of the big ones - Don't Be Boring and Don't Waste A Great Cast.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
February 4, 2013

A top-notch, viscerally powerfully mobster movie with a view of free-market enterprise as practiced at its most harrowingly basic, last-man-standing level.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 5, 2013

Australian director Andrew Dominik mixes conventional mobster mayhem with an unconventional take on gangsters caught up in the Great Recession. And with Brad Pitt as his ideologically enraged male muse hitman, as if wandering in from Occupy Wall Street.

Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2013

While Dominik flourishes when it comes to the picture's excessive violence, he seems to be unable to balance those sequences with the drawn-out scenes of dialogue, which, while delivered nicely, kill any momentum the film might have had.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012

Good actors and unimpeachable source material hampered by faulty chatter, leading to thumb-twiddling.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 14, 2012

Director Andrew Dominik controls the clock

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
December 14, 2012

Weary and familiar foray in to gangster turf

Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
December 12, 2012

It's a rollercoaster: long talky tete a tetes, punctuated with shocking violence (both of which are masterfully presented).

Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
December 12, 2012

Killing Them Softly finds its own rhythm and eventually its own way of building dread, punctuated by bravura cinematic moments that won't soon be forgotten

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
December 11, 2012

The completely obvious comparison to the mobster world and our American economic system is a welcome, straight-forward surprise for storytelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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