Simon Killer Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 15, 2013
Simon Killer is a sensory, experiential film - more of a state of mind than a straightforward story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 2, 2013
"Simon Killer" is a beautifully made look at ugliness and brutality, the kind of oxymoronic exercise that fascinates some and repels others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 27, 2013
Not for everyone, in fact generally disrecommended for anyone except those who admired Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
April 25, 2013
... a sexy, edgy character study that slowly draws you into its web even as it unnerves you ... a hybrid of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley" and, for its steamy lovemaking, the X-rated 'Last Tango in Paris.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
April 14, 2013
Simon Killer is as juvenile as the behaviour of its central character, but thankfully its weaker moments are reasonably scarce and for the most part the film is an interesting, if a little surface level, character study that is difficult to shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
April 12, 2013
For a horror film, this is unusually subtle and disturbing, rather than all-out scary, quietly profiling a creepy central character in ways that are designed to provoke the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 12, 2013
The performances of Brady Corbet as the taciturn American and Mati Diop as the sympathetic prostitute lend the film watchability ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 11, 2013
Brutal, nasty, unflinching. If you like that kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
April 11, 2013
An artfully shot, po-faced thriller about an American graduate student going to pieces on an extended break in Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 11, 2013
It is brutally raw and difficult watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 11, 2013
Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a disturbing study in sociopathy with a compelling lead performance from Brady Corbet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 10, 2013
A refreshing departure from the current glut of slasher movies that make the mistake of thinking more gore can ever replace the feeling of icy dread that you've been played by a madman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
April 9, 2013
Builds a quiet, creeping sense of menace, with a courageously unsympathetic performance from Corbet at its icy heart.
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
April 8, 2013
Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Grierson
Deadspin
April 5, 2013
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.
Top Critic
April 5, 2013
The film is frequently masterful, suggesting the turbulent inner state of an American sociopath who believes himself to be a good guy.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
April 4, 2013
brooding and mesmerizing
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emma Simmonds
The List
April 4, 2013
Simon Killer eschews easy answers and obvious characterisation and it's all the more impressive because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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