• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Martin McDonagh
    In Theaters:
    Oct 12, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 29, 2013
  • CBS Films

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Seven Psychopaths Reviews

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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McDonagh is less saturated in film and pop culture than Tarantino and less prone than Kaufman to disappear down story wormholes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 22, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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This is one of the best times I've had at the movies in years.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 12, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

October 12, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 12, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For about 75 minutes, Seven Psychopaths is a rollicking good movie - kinetic, clever, funny, and brutal. Then, inexplicably, it falls apart.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 12, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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While "Seven Psychopaths" is indeed as crazy as it sounds, it's not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

October 12, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A toxic little bauble of Hollywood gestures, cliches and tropes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Seven Psychopaths" has to be counted as a disappointment.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 11, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 11, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, "Seven Psychopaths" has a death wish.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 11, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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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 ...

Full Review Source: NPR

October 11, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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For a good hour, Seven Psychopaths is lively, bloody fun. Then the yawning starts.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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'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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A movie that leaves you stumbling out of the theater in a state of giddy, elated vertigo.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 11, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 11, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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Even if the snake winds up swallowing its own tail, it's a jolting spectacle you'll want to keep watching.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 11, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It's an old-fashioned John Huston caper film extended to sulfurous comedy - from Beat the Devil to Meet the Devil.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 11, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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It comes off as a big inside joke. And not a very funny one at that.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2012
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Doesn't leave much behind beyond a trail of blood, wit, and confusion, but it's something to see while it lasts.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 11, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 11, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A delightfully nuts, compulsively watchable film.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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After breaking apart the crime film, McDonagh puts it back together again for a conclusion worthy of the genre.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Seven Psychopaths is about seven times more clever than most Hollywood comedies. And way more demented.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 10, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Walken gives one of the most restrained, mysterious and thoroughly magnificent performances of his long career as the brokenhearted, cravat-wearing Hans.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 10, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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To me, the movie is genuinely humor-resistant. Any cult it develops will be chewing gum and wearing Halloween costumes.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 0/4

October 10, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... delights in pulling the rug out from under the audience ... in such cerebrally and cinematically exciting ways ...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2012
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 9, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 3, 2012
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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If you're a lover of quick dialogue and madcap situations, you'll likely feel this one came with a bow attached.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

September 13, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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There's way more wit than weight in Martin McDonagh's second feature, but still much to enjoy.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 12, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

September 11, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths promises a bloody good time. It delivers.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2012
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