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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
Variety
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
Filmcritic.com
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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
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
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Spectacularly awful film that's actually funnier than many so-called comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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

FilmFour.com
June 25, 2002
A risible drama, torpedoed by lifeless performances, a muddled screenplay and anonymous direction.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
BBC.com
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
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