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You Kill Me (2007)

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78

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 25

Featuring wonderful performances from Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni, You Kill Me is a charming, funny take on the familiar inner-lives-of-hit-men premise.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 8

Featuring wonderful performances from Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni, You Kill Me is a charming, funny take on the familiar inner-lives-of-hit-men premise.

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John Dahl's mob comedy You Kill Me stars Ben Kingsley as Frank Falenczyk, an alcoholic mob hitman who is ordered into AA by his boss (Philip Baker Hall). In order to clean up, he goes to San Francisco and successfully starts 12-stepping with the help of his sponsor (Luke Wilson). Eventually Frank gets a job at a mortuary, where he falls in love with Laurel (Téa Leoni). Soon his new existence is threatened when people from his old life start showing up. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus

Oct 9, 2007

$2.3M

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All Critics (118) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (25) | DVD (11)

Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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A lot more clever than it initially appears.

July 14, 2007
Miami Herald
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One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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An unpredictable, enjoyable mob comedy.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A strong performance by the reliable Kingsley, and a tartly sweet one from Leoni, keeps You Kill Me from turning into the bad joke the title implies.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Where Dahl succeeds is in transforming two essentially tired characters into fully fleshed-out human beings who fall in love.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A sweet black comedy about a professional killer from Buffalo whose gangster uncle makes him join Alcoholics Anonymous in San Francisco, falls in love with a down to earth saleswoman and cleans up his act so he can be a neater killer.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Kingsley seems to be sleepwalking through the entire movie, in a faux-understated performance

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Domesticating the mobster within society has become almost a commonplace, thanks to The Sopranos, but Kingsley's tight-lipped gruffness gives a lift to the mordant ironies of the script.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Ben Kingsley brings a batty, basilisk wit to You Kill Me, a black comedy about a dipsomaniacal hitman.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Kingsley shows a surprising talent for deadpan comic delivery.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A great cast and a great script make this a surprising recommendation as a first date movie.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A fitfully amusing black comedy about an alcoholic assassin, its well-drawn characters drown in a generic gangster plot and a painfully low budget.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

An uneven black comedy-thriller that's nonetheless worth catching for Téa Leoni's bracingly sharp performance and the inspired idea of putting hitman Ben Kingsley into AA. Just focus on the well-etched characters and don't worry too much about the plot.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The opening six-minute shot of dawn breaking over a rural landscape is worth the price of admission alone. Stunning.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

All dilutions aside, director Dahl mixes a dash of Six Feet Under with shots of Mr & Mrs Smith and Grosse Point Blank to put the kick into an enjoyably spiky little cocktail.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Despite some good performances, You Kill Me misses the target.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A badly written hash of a film, which will struggle to please even the most devout Sir Ben fans.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The film isn't without its flaws, but in defying Hollywood convention, it manages to reach parts other comedies cannot reach.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Not a masterpiece, mind you, nor the funniest thing you could see on a lazy summer afternoon; but a fine motion picture.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Slays me over its colorful amusing characters even if its story underwhelms me.

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I could watch Kingsley and Leoni for days. They're the film's true draw.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A little more energy would have done the film a world of good.

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

[Director] Dahl exudes such a casual control; his lightness of touch reads as a concern for good form, like knowing how to squeeze a trigger instead of pulling it.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for You Kill Me

"Hi, my name is Frank I'm an alcoholic. I kill people for a living... This is anonymous, right?

Boring mediocre movie! This film has been advertised as a thriller. The pacing of this film is very slow and much too slow to be classified as a thriller. If you watch this expecting a movie full of action and suspense you will be disappointed. Problems abound in this one. Kingsley's accent is terrible and inconsistent. It alternates between Italian, Russian, and Hispanic. Throughout the course of the movie, Frank tells numerous people he is a hit man (including an entire AA group), but nobody seems to care, or wants to do anything about it. The movie relies on cliché scenes to carry it through its final act, most notably when Leoni's insufferable character chases Frank down at the airport, just when he is about to board a flight back to Buffalo. Though it has a strong premise and an interesting first half-hour, the movie quickly becomes a total disaster and devolves into complete nonsense. At the end of the film, Frank celebrates one year of sobriety. I hope to celebrate many, many years of not having seen "You Kill Me".

Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. But Frank's got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy, but he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel, a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren't going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.
July 25, 2013
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Manu Gino

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Frank Falenczyk: It isn't that I'm sorry I killed them; it's that I'm sorry I killed them badly. 

"Love is always worth another shot."

You Kill Me is another mob related comedy. This one is different from the normal one, in that the story at the heart of the film isn't all about mob related activity. At the heart of You Kill Me, it is really a man searching for life in the midst of his alcoholism. He finds this life in a woman. 

Frank is a hit man for a Polish crime family. When his alcoholism escalates and causes him to botch a hit(by falling asleep no less), he's sent to San Francisco to get his life back on the right path. There he starts trying to get sober. He takes a job at a funeral home, starts attending AA meetings, and begins a relationship with a much younger woman. 

I should say now that the extent to which I was able to enjoy You Kill Me is based purely off of the splendid cast. Everyone's terrific, turning a dull movie into a dull movie with good acting. I mean, the story had moments, but there were just too much down time. The laughs are few and far between, and while the writing and directing isn't horrible, it's only average. 

Watch the film for Ben Kingsley and a good supporting cast including Philip Baker Hall and Téa Leoni. I had my fair share of problems with the movie as a whole. It wasn't all that engaging, and it turned itself into just another romantic comedy. But Ben Kingsley's presence was enough to make the movie at least watchable. I initially thought I would fall in love with You Kill Me, but I guess I can accept the fact that I merely found it watchable.
July 8, 2012
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Melvin White

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Ben Kingsley, Dennis Farina, Luke Wilson

Frank Falenczyk loves his job. He just happens to be the hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, N.Y. But, Frank's got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy. But, he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel, a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren't going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.
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Absolutely loved this movie. Thought I was in for another hit-man movie, but it was the opposite. Loved the dry humor. Definitely a dark comedy, without trying so hard to be funny. Ben Kingsley was brilliant. Loved Luke Wilson and Tea Leoni. She was really funny in this movie. Such an odd thing for people to be completely accepting of Ben's character being an Hit-man, but not his drinking. Just really good movie that I almost past up. But thought since it was recommended to me I would give it a watch. Glad I did.
November 18, 2009
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An alcoholic hitman from a Polish mob family in Buffalo, N.Y. gets sent to San Francisco by his uncle to clean up his act when he messes up a critical assignment, and puts his family in peril.
Frank(Ben Kingsley) attends AA meetings, gets a sponser, and a job at a mortuary which is clearly an ironic place for him to be. The acting in this film is quite good, and is humorous despite the morbid premise.
Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina, and Bill Pullman help wind this film into the entertaining tale it is.
July 17, 2009
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