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Killer Joe Reviews

August 31, 2012
If you like your movies filled with twisted humor, sexual perversion, psychological intimidation and sudden violence, "Killer Joe" is the flick for you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 24, 2012
Watching "Killer Joe" to the bitter end is like playing the Pick 6 lottery and getting three of the numbers right. You don't win anything, but you still think you're smarter than all those other idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
August 16, 2012
The movie frequently clicks as a sendup of over-the-top film-noir storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
August 9, 2012
It's as mean as a snake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
August 2, 2012
"Killer Joe" is one hell of a movie. It left me speechless. I can't say I loved it. I can't say I hated it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2012
Friedkin make no attempt to soften the characters' monstrousness, and thank hell for that. This is rave and rage and purge acting.
July 27, 2012
Like a deep-fried Twinkie at the State Fair of Texas, ''Killer Joe'' is gooey, flavorful and bad for you. Dig in.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2012
There are no characters here, and no drama. It's just a county fair sideshow attraction - 100 minutes of Shoot the Geek.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 27, 2012
Plot twists that might have played as clever onstage feel false on screen, and while the individual actors are all gifted (if in some cases miscast), they never really come together as an ensemble.
July 26, 2012
A sleazy and pointless film about sleazy and pointless people, "Killer Joe" reminds us that what Quentin Tarantino does isn't easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
July 26, 2012
"Killer Joe" is, at bottom-and I mean bottom-ugly and vile, not to mention dumb and clumsy.
July 26, 2012
As a sadistic dallas cop who moonlights as a hit man, Matthew McConaughey is on fire in Killer Joe, fierce and ferociously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2012
One of the three best performances of McConaughey's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 26, 2012
Lurches from realism to corn-pone absurdism and exploitation-cinema surrealism.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 26, 2012
"Killer Joe" offers us a sneering image of trailer-park Texas, in which everyone is stupid and amoral and trashier than their cluttered front yards.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 26, 2012
Friedkin's still got it - the "it" being his ability to infuse every frame of the film with powerful ambiguity and doubt, and also his ability to attract terrific actors and propel them in unexpected directions.
July 26, 2012
Killer Joe spins a lot of dumb hick behavior into a wellspring of comedy and plot twists, recalling Raising Arizona's colorful vernacular while turning a simple contract job into a complicated web of family betrayals.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 25, 2012
Throws down a dare by expecting its audience to be the cool connoisseurs of the story's "comic" outrageousness, then rubbing viewers' faces in close-up scenes of brutality that reasonable people ought not to be able to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 24, 2012
It sends you home reeling, but wondering what the point of it was, and why so many worthwhile people bothered to do it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2012
Friedkin, a son of Chicago's working-class South Side who has swerved back and forth over the thin blue line of order and chaos throughout his career, is a fine fit to the material.
July 24, 2012
Gazing into the abyss has rarely felt so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 24, 2012
Friedkin has crafted another enjoyable slice of frenzied pulp minimalism.
June 26, 2012
Friedkin's direction is rough and ready, but Letts's tangy writing is the star here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 15, 2011
McConaughey's fans might be shocked to see him in this role - more likely, they'd skip the opportunity - but they ought to give his performance a shot.
September 14, 2011
Less about storytelling than depravity ...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 13, 2011
Killer Joe pitches to the rafters, amping up a hicksploitation thriller with unnecessary jolts of savage violence and abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 9, 2011
Enjoyably cynical, blood-spattered noir-comedy elicits more laughs than thrills.