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Killer Joe Reviews

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January 26, 2018
As the head of this diamondback-rattlesnake-of-a-film, Matthew McConaughey strikes within a sadistic realm very few actors would dare to tread.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2017
Killer Joe is such a hideously over-the-top, black-hearted view of Southern-fried scumbags that even Texans like myself can't get offended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2015
I'll never look at fried chicken the same way again.
August 11, 2014
Killer Joe is trash. Not bad trash. Not pretentious trash. Just plain old ugly, funny, and sophisticated trash.
June 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: B-
November 25, 2013
Violent, coarse, perverted, and sickly hilarious, this is highly recommend for those who like their entertainment on the nasty, demented tip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 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 | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2013
An intriguing (and sometimes off-putting) cinematic creation featuring Matthew McConaughey in one of his best performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 23, 2013
The movie is gross and smutty: It is having so much fun portraying terrible people doing terrible things to one another that it has no interest in pausing to think about what any of this means. Thankfully.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 3, 2013
Friedkin, Letts and the entire cast barrel ahead through incredibly strange, dark territory, never looking back to see if the audience is keeping up. But those who do won't regret it.
February 4, 2013
McConaughey is funny and fearsome in the title role, the devil holding the family accountable for their choices.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 21, 2013
As sordid and vile as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 11, 2013
Killer Joe is America at its worst but Friedkin and McConaghey at very close to their best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 4, 2012
It's like a cheap, nasty dessert: completely devoid of nutrition, probably very bad for you, but kind of delicious while it briefly lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
Only the faint-hearted or KFC kitchen staff should give it a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2012
Stage-to-screen adaptations are rarely this primal, and it's been a long time since a William Friedkin film has felt so vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2012
The humor magnifies the horror, and vice versa. Like the inflammatory Dr. Strangelove, we've sewn these seeds, and we deserve whatever is reaped from them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2012
Killer Joe will leave many people in shock, confusion, and in need of a thorough shower by the time it's done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 27, 2012
Killer Joe is a white-hot fever dream of a film. A toxic swill of sex and violence, Joe is mordantly funny, tantalizing and, ultimately, shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 14, 2012
Killer Joe will both infuriate and impress, but when it impresses there is nothing quite like it. It plays on the senses and lingers in the mind, McConaughey is brilliant and Friedkin finds himself in his best form in years
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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