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Killer Joe Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2012
It's as mean as a snake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
August 9, 2012
Friedkin directs; his taste for sadism has never been personified better than in McConaughey's unassuming-but-dangerous drawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 9, 2012
Friedkin's pretty shrewd himself, in how he teases out the humor without indulging Letts' immature glibness, and how he sidesteps Bible Belt baptism to waterboard us in the sewer of selfish human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 9, 2012
A gleeful and unapologetic descent into delicious decadence, Killer Joe is proud of what it is and never tries to be something it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
August 6, 2012
Friedkin plays a trick that might be mean if it wasn't so fascinating to see him pull off, blending laugh-out-loud humor with absolutely repulsive images, forcing disoriented and unsettled audiences to wind up laughing when they should be disturbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 6, 2012
That everything should go wrong is no surprise, but the wrong turns are taken so viciously -- Gershon, in particular, is appallingly treated, in closeup -- that they lead the film, adapted from the play by Tracy Letts, to the brink of abusive farce.
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
August 5, 2012
A family (dis)member(ed) ... with a wink from an eye more bloodshot than smirking.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 3, 2012
It's the sort of funny that encompasses both definitions of the word and that is watched, as often as not, with clenched teeth and the temptation to cover ones eyes fighting with the much stronger temptation to see what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 3, 2012
"Killer Joe" is diabolically dark, and immensely entertaining.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 3, 2012
It is a concise, blistering, smoldering performance that deservedly should place McConaughey on the A-list of today's actors.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 3, 2012
Like a deep-fried Twinkie at the State Fair of Texas, Killer Joe is gooey, flavorful and bad for you. Dig in.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 3, 2012
At 76, Friedkin still holds our gaze with striking, often ghastly visual images, and despite the fact that McConaughey's entire wardrobe appears to have been rented from Villains "R" Us, Killer Joe lands blow after blow to the psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
August 3, 2012
The action and dialogue find the same squalid level in time for the climactic scene, the cruel humiliation of a central character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 2, 2012
[T]here is no way to say it without employing a pun -- it leaves a truly bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2012
Out of the muck and mire of human depravity that is "Killer Joe," something magnificent comes: a killer performance by Matthew McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2012
It is a tale of white trash immorality on a grand scale, of people who are ridiculous and yet dangerous, laughable but cunning, and really stupid ... yet sneaky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
August 2, 2012
William Friedkin, that old '70s genre pro, seems reinvigorated by this cast of amoral schemers and their seedy stomping grounds.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 2, 2012
The bone-crunchingly violent film has luridly entertaining moments. But by its resolution, this sleazy Southern Gothic nightmare has simply gone off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 2, 2012
Intriguing, if you can take the gore and nastiness that earned it the NC-17 rating...[and] there are compensations, not least McConaughey's mesmerizing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
August 2, 2012
The film harks back to the low-budget chamber pieces of Friedkin's early career, and he creates a perfect storm of montage and character interplay within a confined space, which culminates in a disturbing loss of humanity.
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