Seven Psychopaths Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 4, 2012
McDonagh is less saturated in film and pop culture than Tarantino and less prone than Kaufman to disappear down story wormholes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 22, 2012
The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 14, 2012
This is one of the best times I've had at the movies in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 12, 2012
All this narrative nesting and genre-skipping sounds very cerebral on the page, but in practice, Seven Psychopaths is as pleasurably kinetic as can be, full of double-crosses and gunplay and sun-kissed SoCal locations.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 12, 2012
Each time it appears that McDonagh, who also directed, has written himself into a cul de sac, he off-roads the movie (sometimes literally) into fresh territory.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 12, 2012
Yes, it's a lot to keep track of, but writer-director Martin McDonagh does so with deft humor as the film hurls toward a desert climax, foreshadowed in one of Billy and Marty's exchanges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 12, 2012
For about 75 minutes, Seven Psychopaths is a rollicking good movie - kinetic, clever, funny, and brutal. Then, inexplicably, it falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 12, 2012
McDonagh sets real (and very different) moods for his stories-within-stories. The Los Angeles locations - apart from the obligatory Hollywood sign - seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2012
This flick never pretends to be anything but a bright hall of fun-house mirrors. And there, so gloriously distorted, gargoyles look right at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 12, 2012
While "Seven Psychopaths" is indeed as crazy as it sounds, it's not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 12, 2012
Too many of its moments of let's-subvert-the-genre seem to leave McDonagh stranded and flailing at just the moment when a Tarantino movie or a Chuck Palahniuk novel is snapping into place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 12, 2012
A toxic little bauble of Hollywood gestures, cliches and tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 11, 2012
"Seven Psychopaths" has to be counted as a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
A collection of weird riffs that not even engaging acting by Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits can bring together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 11, 2012
"Seven Psychopaths" is a vivid illusion of fun, but sane consumers can find similar sensations in the discount video bin eight days a week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 11, 2012
Meta to the max, filled with clever jokes and observations that stick like barbs and deflated ones that land with a thud, "Seven Psychopaths" is a leisurely riff about movies, violence, storytelling and the art of the steal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 11, 2012
What movie junkie out there wouldn't leap at the chance to see merry pranksters such as Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson go nuts in something called Seven Psychopaths? It's crazy-killer fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 11, 2012
The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, "Seven Psychopaths" has a death wish.
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October 11, 2012
There's something overtly mechanical about McDonagh's approach that keeps it all from being as outrageously fun as it's pretending to be. But it is enjoyable to watch the parade of actors McDonagh has assembled ...
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2012
Put a gun in the hands of Woody Harrelson and some glorious gab in the mouth of Christopher Walken - the most deadpan of deadpanning thespians - and it's impossible not to make something of this profanity-flying conflation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 11, 2012
With its blend of low-rent gangster cool, high-body-count hipster violence, smart-mouth dialogue, inspired casting and a blissfully retro soundtrack...[this]might have been a groundbreaking film -- in 1992.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 11, 2012
For a good hour, Seven Psychopaths is lively, bloody fun. Then the yawning starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
'Seven Psychopaths" is many things, chief among them a long-overdue love letter to Christopher Walken and a crudely drawn ransom note from Sam Rockwell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 11, 2012
A movie that leaves you stumbling out of the theater in a state of giddy, elated vertigo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 11, 2012
Movies about moviemaking can often feel lazy -- like rock songs about touring, or poetry about sitting in cafes -- but McDonagh is such an energetic filmmaker and fancy-footed writer that he nearly pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2012
I can't remember the last time I was so sorely disappointed by a writer I liked; the movie is undeniably entertaining but as hollow as a bullet wound.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 11, 2012
In writer-director Martin McDonagh's hazy but fun meditation on friendship, the art of storytelling and masculine morality gone off the rails. If it's hard to keep 'em all straight without a scorecard, just go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 11, 2012
Even if the snake winds up swallowing its own tail, it's a jolting spectacle you'll want to keep watching.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 11, 2012
It's an old-fashioned John Huston caper film extended to sulfurous comedy - from Beat the Devil to Meet the Devil.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 11, 2012
The really crazy thing about Seven Psychopaths is how much sense it makes, in a weird sort of way. And how much fun it has while doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 11, 2012
It comes off as a big inside joke. And not a very funny one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 11, 2012
McDonagh's characters may be awful, or simply lost, but they're all addicted to the art of the tall tale and the dark allure of the nightmarish bedtime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 11, 2012
Doesn't leave much behind beyond a trail of blood, wit, and confusion, but it's something to see while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 11, 2012
Well, they have the title right. I don't know how these people found one another, but they certainly belong on the same list.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 10, 2012
A delightfully nuts, compulsively watchable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 10, 2012
After breaking apart the crime film, McDonagh puts it back together again for a conclusion worthy of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 10, 2012
Seven Psychopaths is about seven times more clever than most Hollywood comedies. And way more demented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 10, 2012
Walken gives one of the most restrained, mysterious and thoroughly magnificent performances of his long career as the brokenhearted, cravat-wearing Hans.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 10, 2012
To me, the movie is genuinely humor-resistant. Any cult it develops will be chewing gum and wearing Halloween costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 10, 2012
... delights in pulling the rug out from under the audience ... in such cerebrally and cinematically exciting ways ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 9, 2012
There's ... a uniquely affecting spiritual component to McDonagh's work, something he explores here via two sublimely ridiculous stories-within-the-story about a razor-wielding Quaker and a vengeful Vietnamese monk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
The movie in which Martin McDonagh the scabrous playwright and Martin McDonagh the high-end junk filmmaker at last craft a doozy both can brag about to their mates.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 9, 2012
Seven Psychopaths doesn't jell, but it's enough of a crowd-pleaser to make you worried about how pleased the crowd around you is.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2012
An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, channeling Quentin Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 13, 2012
If you're a lover of quick dialogue and madcap situations, you'll likely feel this one came with a bow attached.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2012
There's way more wit than weight in Martin McDonagh's second feature, but still much to enjoy.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 11, 2012
There's a soul to these nesting and rhyming stories of ruthless killers and what motivates them to pick up their guns and knives -- and in some cases, gas cans.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 10, 2012
The script's primary tension isn't between the characters at all, but rather in McDonagh's mind, as he arm-wrestles the split between shlock and sincerity in screenwriting.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 10, 2012
Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths promises a bloody good time. It delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5