Killing Zoe (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Killing Zoe (1994)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Killing Zoe Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

An American ex-con gets caught up in a Parisian bank heist that goes wrong in this ultra-violent thriller. Zed (Eric Stoltz), a safe-cracking expert fresh out of prison, travels to France to participate in a robbery planned by his friend Eric (Jean-Hughes Anglade). But first, Zed decides to indulge in some relaxation with a gorgeous, kind-hearted prostitute by the name of Zoe (Julie Delpy). This idyll, however, is interrupted by Eric, who leads Zed and the other criminals on a long night of drinking, drugging, and debauchery. The next day, the thieves find themselves hung over and exhausted, and the plan soon goes disastrously wrong, turning into a hostage situation. Even worse for Zed, he discovers that the lovely Zoe also works as a teller at the bank, forcing him into a tricky moral dilemma. Writer and director Roger Avary, best known as the co-screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, creates a similar combination of black comedy, extreme violence, and hip attitude. Critics of Quentin Tarantino's films raised similar objections to Avary's reliance on bloody violence and a detached sensibility, while the film's fans acclaimed its fast-paced action.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Roger Avary
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2000
Live Entertainment


Gary Kemp
as Oliver
Tai Thai
as Francois
Bruce Ramsay
as Ricardo
Raymond Martin
as Cab Driver
Cecilia Peck
as Martina
Gladys Holland
as Sub Lobby Teller
Gerard Bonn
as Assistant Bank Manag...
George Hernandez (I)
as Stodgy Customer
Rich Turner
as American Tourist
Bernard Baski
as Policeman
Michael Kayman
as Policeman
Ron Hyatt
as Concierge
Ron Jeremy
as Security Guard
Kimberly Beck
as Woman Customer
David Thompson
as Burnt Vault Gaurd
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Killing Zoe

Critic Reviews for Killing Zoe

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It sweeps you up in Eric's Dionysian revelry and, like Zed, you'll be clambering for a shower afterwards.

Full Review… | July 30, 2015
The Skinny

I am not slamming this Roger Avary film for not being a Quentin Tarantino film. I am slamming it for not being a good Roger Avary film.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007

An ultra-violent but vapid crime caper that owes as much to Tarantino as to film noir, both American and French.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006

A bummer.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Killing Zoe

Roger Avery's completely subtle masterpiece of a bank heist epic. The story is incredibly well crafted and eccentric, without having any of Tarantino's stink all over it (which ruined Pulp Fiction for me). The filming style is quite original, but also homages classics like Dog Day Afternoon. The acting was extremely above average for a low budget, including one of Eric Stoltz's best performances.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

A thoroughly entertaining and stylish B-movie heist caper, but the balance between pros and cons isn't quite equal enough to warrant a strong recommendation.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Directed by Roger Avery, Produced by Quentin Tarantino, amidst the height of the 90?s Cult drug fuelled storylines, topped with violent criminals and a chaotic bank robbery.

Some pretty good camera shot interpretations and probably the role Eric Stoltz is best known for (apart from his smaller role in Pulp Fiction that is).

Certainly not flawless and perhaps the one that has dated more than some of the other within this genre and era, but one woth watching.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Killing Zoe Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Killing Zoe on our Movie forum!