The Killer Inside Me Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
The heralded "violent" scene practically screams "We need domestic distribution!" I don't think anyone in this movie actually likes this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 10, 2012
The end result is an overlong adaptation that primarily comes off as a complete and total misfire...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
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Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Affleck is great here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 3, 2011
An excellent film which takes some big, brave steps in the crime genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 21, 2011
Jim Thompson's 1952 novel upon which this is based was supposedly unfilmable: perhaps that was the correct assessment.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
This adaptation of Thompson's 1952 novel about a cunning, psychotic sheriff's deputy in a small Texas town locates the killer inside him and immerses us in the cold calculation and horrible logic that pull him from one murder to the next.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
November 7, 2010
Casey Affleck delivers a chilling performance as a sociopathic deputy sheriff whose charming veneer shatters as we're introduced to his taste for violence of both the straight-up and sexual kinds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
[Affleck's] commitment to such a vile character, even in spite of Winterbottom's occasionally questionable direction, displays a fearlessness that is rarely seen in cinema today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
October 4, 2010
The violence is not shown in an ironic fashion. It's put front and center and is visceral in a way nothing else is in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 21, 2010
Dark thriller centers on brutal violence against women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 27, 2010
It's a credit to the British director that he's captured so much regional and class detail, but disappointing that his film's conclusions are almost banal, with a contrived finale that ties too many threads together.
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
It's Winterbottom's first entry into dark noir, and I think a more seasoned hand in the genre would have given Lou's horrible actions their proper moral weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 26, 2010
Viewers are invited to spend these torpid minutes burrowing into Lou's back story in search of reasons why he is off his rocker. But this is one movie psycho that defies all amateur psychoanalysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
August 26, 2010
Winterbottom's film is really rather down beat and hard to take. Perhaps that's only just so. Lou's heart of darkness takes us to a dead end. It's the kind of violent movie where you just want all the bloody mayhem to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 25, 2010
It's a violent film about violence, but that makes it truthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 23, 2010
Sex and violence take centre stage in the enthralling, if a little overcooked crime thriller, The Killer Inside Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 23, 2010
This is compelling and challenging cinema, punctuated with genuinely shocking moments, by a director and a cast of actors who are right at the top of their game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anthony Morris
The Vine
August 23, 2010
Probably the best adaptation of Thompson to date (with The Grifters a very close second), but his work's yet to get the movie it really deserves.
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