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Simon Killer Reviews

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Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2013
Tim Grierson

The quietly unsettling "Simon Killer" asks us to study its main character, a screwed-up enigma, who can't get out of the way of his own self-destructive tendencies.

Full Review Source: Deadspin

April 5, 2013
Scott Tobias
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The film is frequently masterful, suggesting the turbulent inner state of an American sociopath who believes himself to be a good guy.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 5, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A noirish character study of a young American in Paris, "Simon Killer" chillingly combines the classic amoral drifter out of James M. Cain with a very contemporary figure - the overemotional, overeducated, spineless slacker.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Though the film's ice-cold blend of the cerebral and the atavistic can be off-putting, it enables a queasy portrait of moral disengagement that lingers long after Simon has slipped from the screen.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 5, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Sort of "An American Psycho's European Vacation," this indie dramatic thriller mixes sex and violence and still winds up dull.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 4, 2013
Jordan Hoffman

brooding and mesmerizing

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 8/10

April 4, 2013
Emma Simmonds
The List

Simon Killer eschews easy answers and obvious characterisation and it's all the more impressive because of it.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2013
Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
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A relentless and largely unrewarding descent into an ostensibly personal hell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2013
Anton Bitel

Alienation, anomie, angst, affectlessness, electropop - Antonio Campos' coolly undemonstrative second feature brings into gradual focus an American (sociopath) in Paris.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 3, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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An aesthetically fussed-over, feel-bad character study-the ugly American narrative rejiggered for Generation Hipster.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2013
Chris Klimek
Village Voice
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If Simon Killer's tragic drift is predictable, the seedy particulars still engross.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 3, 2013
Edward Douglas

The type of film that makes you ponder long and hard afterwards to appreciate what Antonio Campos was trying to achieve.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7.5/10

April 2, 2013
Eric Kohn

Bleakly enigmatic about the motives of its psychotic protagonist, "Simon Killer" gets cozy with one man's pathological rage.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: A-

April 2, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Gripping and unsettling..There is a fly-on-the-wall quality to the scenes that's almost voyeuristic. It creates a sense of floating dread that builds as the film goes on.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 1, 2013
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

The film has many elements of a thriller, but ultimately Antonio Campos's interest lies much more in profiling, yet never over-determining, his moody protagonist.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

A sexy, seductive portrayal of one young man's downward spiral into existential Hell on the chilly Parisian streets.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2013
Harvey S. Karten

A solid psychological thriller that could remind viewers of Ted Bundy, a cold, calculating psychopath who knew how to succeed with women.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 20, 2013
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Simon Killer is a film that demands to be taken seriously, and absorbed, rather than watched.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 9/10

January 22, 2013
Amanda Mae Meyncke
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Simon Killer utilizes music better than any other movie I've seen at Sundance, loud and bombastic, half the time we hear sounds as filtered through Simon's iPod earbuds.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

January 22, 2013
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