Killer Joe (2012)



Critic Consensus: Violent, darkly comic, and full of strong performances, Killer Joe proves William Friedkin hasn't lost his touch, even if the plot may be too lurid for some.

Movie Info

When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has to come up with six-thousand dollars quick, or he's dead. Desperate, he goes to the trailer-park to see his father, Ansel (Hayden Church), and he lays out the plan. Chris's mother, who everyone hates, has a life insurance policy that would clear up his debt and make them all rich. The problem is that Chris' mother is very much alive. Enter Detective "Killer" Joe Cooper, a hired hit man with … More

Rating: R (for graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tracy Letts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2012
Box Office: $0.9M
Independent Pictures - Official Site


as "Killer" Joe Cooper

as Chris Smith

as Dottie Smith

as Sharla Smith

as Digger Soames

as Pizza Manager

as Pizza Patron

as Saleslady

as Biker Thug

as Filpatrick

as Preacher
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Critic Reviews for Killer Joe

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (40)

I'll never look at fried chicken the same way again.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Killer Joe is trash. Not bad trash. Not pretentious trash. Just plain old ugly, funny, and sophisticated trash.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

The tone in Killer Joe feels so expertly and delicately crafted that we only laugh at the film's absurd scenarios if and when the filmmaker permits it so.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

Violent, coarse, perverted, and sickly hilarious, this is highly recommend for those who like their entertainment on the nasty, demented tip.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

This Southern-fried, darkly humorous trailer-trash exploitation crime noir revels in the greedy characters' idiocy and the deranged story's psychosexual luridness.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

An intriguing (and sometimes off-putting) cinematic creation featuring Matthew McConaughey in one of his best performances.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Killer Joe


I loved this play. I remember it being riotously funny. The humor just didn't translate to the film, and opening up the locations didn't help it any.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

While there are certainly plenty of good elements (a twisted sense of humor and captivating performances from McConaughey and Thomas Haden Church), "Killer Joe" is basically like that kid you once knew that would say increasingly perverted, ridiculous things, as if to dare everyone to be offended -- and much like that kid, it eventually just gets annoying.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


Should have known...another one of those movies that critics liked. Yeesh!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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