Seven Psychopaths (2012)



Critic Consensus: Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.

Movie Info

Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, "Seven Psychopaths". Billy (Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Hans (Walken) is Billy's partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychopathetic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie's unpredictable, extremely … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Martin McDonagh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2013
Box Office: $15.0M
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Critic Reviews for Seven Psychopaths

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (49)

I'm not sure it all hangs together in the end, but McDonagh's grasping at something interesting.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A breezy, quotable, blood-soaked treat.

Full Review… | July 20, 2013

The film's unique script strangely succeeds in mashing together both intense violence and grand comedy.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

It's a tossup over what's more prevalent: the laughs or the body count.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths is a sharp piece of fun that both pokes at the current climate of filmmaking while also adding its own brand of humor to the mix.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
We Got This Covered

Seven Psychopaths doesn't knuckle down and decide how to answer everything tossed out for consideration, but even when it feels like little more than intellectual, postmodern spitballing, it satisfies as an exercise in storytelling.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Seven Psychopaths


A Irish screenwriter living in L.A. has a little bit of problem: he's trying to write a new script based on this half-formed idea that he's got, something about seven psychopaths, something, only he can't get any work done cause his friends and acquaintances keep incessantly bothering him with the minutiae of their lives. What minutiae? Well, that they're all practicing psychopaths is probably a good starting place.
Round and round the mulberry bush then with this uber- black comedy from the same writer/director from In Bruges. It lacks the same punch, yet still is worthy of your time.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A boozy screen writer, his best friend and a professional dog-napper become the targets of a ruthless mobster when they unknowingly steal his shih tzu. The follow up to the brilliantly oddball In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths is clearly aiming more for the American mainstream, being very much in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino mold. It does have the same post-modern slant and zany humour of McDonagh's previous collaboration with Colin Farrell, who once again strikes up a winning partnership with his co-star, this time Sam Rockwell as the unhinged movie junkie desperate to re-enact his own revenge fantasy. As a whole it reminded me of Tarantino's early work with lots of Grindhouse style asides as they spew forth their ridiculous script ideas so it's not as original as In Bruges, but it's consistently entertaining and very funny and if you can imagine a version of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang parodying Pulp Fiction instead of Film Noir you're in the right ball park.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


This is the best of what absurdist film has to offer, the best of the gangster film genre, and the best film to feature any psychopaths, "Seven Psychopaths" has so much going for it that it's hard not to swoon. For one thing, it doesn't follow conventional filmmaking rules, so be ready for a film about screenwriting. Also, don't think there are going to be a plethora of psychopaths, because there aren't. Main character Marty (Farrell) is writing a screenplay about seven psychopaths, that being the title, and as the film progresses we meet some of them. Some are real people who merge into his life, and others are stories that have evolved with each retelling. The stories that are told to Marty, and which he comes up with, are definitely the biggest draw to this film because they are ingenious and have twists at the end that are smart and unassuming. The other characters in the trio are Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell). Hans is definitely the most off-the-wall and impetuous of the psychopaths, being played by Christopher Walken and all. His story is depressing, he does crazy things throughout the film, and with every unexpected turn he still doesn't fear death. Billy is the strongest character because he's the only psychopath with warped morals, and yet a bloodlust. He kills with a vengeance for morality, but he still wants to kill people in the first place, so maybe his heart isn't in the right place. This is certainly a breakout role for Rockwell, who has made an impression as a crazed maniac before in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Charlie's Angels" but this is a larger and more indelible role. The film builds to a successful level of suspense and danger as they face death at the hands of another psychopath's love for his dog. The climax may not have been what anyone would expect, seeing as how it has nothing to do with torture, mass murder, or even what anyone could call psychopathic behavior, but when it comes to giving the characters a right ending, this film successfully delivers. That and it's always entertaining to watch such crafty psychopaths try not to be socially awkward with one another.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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