Easy Money: Hard to Kill Reviews

August 29, 2019
Though avoiding the pitfalls of many safe-bet sequels, it stands as a rather inconsequential bridge between two films.
February 24, 2014
Babak Najafi's film weaves together all these threads, crafting a desperate narrative with violence as the inevitable outcome.
February 21, 2014
Thin, intense and yet somehow cool, Kinnaman is on his way to stardom, and it's easy to see how these movies gave him lift off. This is a tough, crackling crime story, well-executed and tense throughout.
February 20, 2014
A deep pool of underworld characters and a focus on multicultural tensions in Stockholm lend crime drama some added interest in "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" ...
February 20, 2014
The picture isn't radically inventive; [but] it's taut and vivid. The grimy window it opens onto a desperate, dangerous lifestyle makes viewers feel like accomplices.
February 19, 2014
[S]uffers by comparison [to the original]... How Kinnaman plays JW's devastation, as seething, mounting rage, is the best thing about [it].
February 14, 2014
...Easy Money: Hard To Kill does what sequels should-it widens the thematic playing area of the tale told so far, even while thinning out the cast further, and it makes us look forward, with only slightly tempered expectations, to installment 3.
February 14, 2014
Given the substance that was already inherent in the material, it seems wasteful for the filmmakers to discard it for the sake of one more guns-cocked standoff.
February 13, 2014
Easy Money: Hard To Kill is a safe follow-up for fans of the original, bringing back familiar characters while mirroring the same thrilling tone.
February 13, 2014
Because JW isn't the strutting, duplicitous peacock he was in the first movie, the role isn't as rewarding this time out.
February 13, 2014
Its combination of grit and fatalism won't be to all tastes, but it's a refreshing alternative to the bigger-is-way-better swamp in which most Hollywood crime movies are mired.
February 13, 2014
'Hard to Kill' lacks the minimal personality that director Daniel Espinosa brought to the first. [...] This is mostly spinning plates, as well as spinning wheels.
February 13, 2014
Though "Hard to Kill" forges new ground on the rich character histories developed in the first film, they feel like a random trio assigned the same punishment whose lives eventually intersect - and as such, the emotional moments never land.
February 13, 2014
Najafi stages action scenes with an intense, queasy beauty and elevates what is in its outlines a routine crime drama to near-operatic proportions ...
February 13, 2014
Much like the original film, there's genuine emotion mixed in with the carnage, always concentrating on the internalized rumble of the participants as they face a grim future.
February 13, 2014
How many times do these guys need to hear that crime doesn't pay?
February 13, 2014
There's something depressingly schematic about the way director Babak Najafi, replacing prior helmsman Daniel Espinosa, crosscuts among the mad scrambles of his down-on-their-luck protagonists.
February 11, 2014
Structurally ambitious but otherwise familiar, Easy Money: Hard to Kill frustrates as only untapped potential can.
February 11, 2014
[It] revels in a density of illegal dealings engineered by unusually sympathetic hoods. But something got lost in the expansion.
February 10, 2014
There's ultimately little in the way of authentically resonant drama underneath the film's self-conscious busy-ness.