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Killing Me Softly Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
August 12, 2013
Killing Me Softly lingers under the delusion that it's Hitchcock remade for a more permissive era, rather than Cinemax fare with pretensions to art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 3, 2009
As Graham attempts to uncover the truth about his past, the film grows increasingly convoluted, leading to a twist ending that will come as a surprise only to those who've never seen a Shannon Tweed movie.

Total Film
August 3, 2009
The screenplay (based on Nicci French's novel) is cringeworthy, and Kaige's inability to spot when English-speaking thesps are reciting rather than acting produces scenes that vary from lifeless to laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Pardi
TV Guide
August 3, 2009
Why, you might ask, is master director Chen Kaige wasting his time on such trashy material?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
What a disappointing waste of good talent!
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David Rooney
May 21, 2008
A turgid erotic thriller that plays like Zalman King-meets-vintage Brian De Palma without the latter's wit or style.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A hilariously bad movie that has to be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Inane and shopworn material with a truly cheesy final twist, this is made excruciating by direction that takes it all deadly seriously.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2006
It's pretty campy-silly, but it's surprisingly watchable for some reason, maybe because of the name-brand actors sleazing it in this Skinemax would-be classic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
May 28, 2003
Though its rather routine script is loaded with familiar situations, the movie has a cinematic fluidity and sense of intelligence that makes it work more than it probably should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Spectacularly awful film that's actually funnier than many so-called comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 11, 2002
Turkeys don't come plumper than this.
June 25, 2002
Fails so fundamentally on every conventional level that it achieves some kind of goofy grandeur.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 25, 2002
A risible drama, torpedoed by lifeless performances, a muddled screenplay and anonymous direction.
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
June 11, 2002
What a great shame that such a talented director as Chen Kaige has chosen to make his English-language debut with a film so poorly plotted and scripted.
Neil Smith
June 10, 2002
With miscast leads, banal dialogue and an absurdly overblown climax, Killing Me Softly belongs firmly in the so-bad-it's-good camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Ramirez
May 12, 2002
Es triste tener que decirles que lo único grato de la cinta es el cuerpo desnudo de la Heather...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 5, 2002
Nothing about the story hangs together, the characters become increasingly stiff and unbelievable, and the incessant red herrings finally become too much to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
October 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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