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Killer Joe Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2012
You will either love "Killer Joe" or run away screaming. I absorbed this NC-17 nail bomb with awestruck admiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2012
[Friedkin] has retained his touch ... all these years later. And in Matthew McConaughey, he has the perfect vehicle for madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2012
The film is drowning in so much depraved gunk that subtleties are lost. The payoff is dandy anyway ...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 23, 2012
You end up feeling sorry for all the actors forced to humiliate themselves, except for McConaughey, whose portrayal of sadistic, manipulative evil is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
It's hard not to watch this explosive power punch of a movie and not love absolutely every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
August 21, 2012
A little slice of Southern Gothic is just what the back room doctor ordered in this summer of explodey superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 21, 2012
Killer Joe may be a great film, but it's not a particularly good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 21, 2012
A movie that doesn't know what "failure of nerve" means.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 19, 2012
Vile, evil and brutal, it's a bloody mess that's only saved by Matthew McConaughey's impressively repellent acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
August 18, 2012
"Killer Joe" is downright hysterical, clever, expertly written, and incredibly unnerving. This is easily a career best performance for Matthew McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
August 17, 2012
This is a movie that literally wallows in its base and crude story making you itch and run for the shower after exiting the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 17, 2012
Friedkin creates a twisted work of trailer-park noir that both surprises and horrifies, and gives us one more reason to call 2012 the year of McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 16, 2012
The movie frequently clicks as a sendup of over-the-top film-noir storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 10, 2012
A Southern Gothic pulp-noir freak show, yee-haw.
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 10, 2012
If y'all like your comedy with a Lone Star drawl and as black as Texas tea, then by all means tuck right into Killer Joe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2012
Killer Joe, which is peppered with a number of palpably striking sequences, builds to an absolutely enthralling (and purposefully over-the-top) climax that's almost jaw-dropping in its audacity...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2012
In the immortal words of Wayne's World: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hurl."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 10, 2012
Mostly makes you want to go home and have a shower.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
August 9, 2012
Really entertaining, and dark and twisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2012
Killer Joe is twisted pulp, and the actors chew on it bravely, boldly, and with varying degrees of success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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