Killing Them Softly


Killing Them Softly

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Killing Them Softly is a darkly comic, visceral thriller that doubles as a cautionary tale on capitalism, whose message is delivered with sledgehammer force.



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Three dumb guys who think they're smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. -- (C) Weinstein


Brad Pitt
as Jackie
Vincent Curatola
as Johnny Amato
Ray Liotta
as Markie Trattman
Trevor Long
as Steve Caprio
Max Casella
as Barry Caprio
Slaine Jenkins
as Kenny Gill
Ross Brodar
as Poker Guy
Wade Allen
as Business Suit Agent
Christopher Berry
as Cab Driver Agent
Kenneth Brown Jr.
as Security Force Agent
Mustafa Harris
as Bartender #1
John McConnell
as Bartender #2
Shannon Brewer
as Bar Patron #2
Bryan Billingsley
as Bar Patron #1
Roger L. Pfeiffer
as Bar Patron #3
Joe Chrest
as Business Suit Agent
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Critic Reviews for Killing Them Softly

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  • 'Killing Them Softly' collapses under the crushing weight of the director's narcissism.

    Dec 4, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The anvils of obviousness rain down so hard and fast in New Zealand-born/Australian-based director Andrew Dominik's meditation on low-rent crime and American decline, that it might as well be a Coyote-Road Runner cartoon

    Dec 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • Like its source material, the movie is stylish, profane, intelligent, and eminently diverting. But as much as it is a delight that Dominik has disinterred Higgins's work, it is a mild disappointment that the result is not more substantial.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Trading in pleasures of a deliberately rarefied sort, writer-director Andrew Dominik's talky, character-rich genre piece largely short-circuits thrills to sketch a grimly funny portrait of thugs taking care of business, in every rotten sense of the word.

    Nov 30, 2012

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic
  • Ultimately, as crafted as Killing Them Softly is, it's less satisfying than either The Sopranos or Goodfellas. Still, Dominik and his cast cruise some very mean streets indeed.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • The dialogue is sharp and so are the performances. Andrew Dominik directed this neo-noir in a low-key comic style that's alternately gritty and fancy. The gritty stuff is best.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Killing Them Softly

  • May 07, 2016
    "Killing Them Softly" confuses the audience as to who the main characters are. "Killing Them Softly" is a good drama movie of 2012. Set in 2008 the movie's plot is two men named "Frankie" portrayed by "Scoot McNairy" and "Russell" portrayed by "Ben Mendelsohn" break into a house to steal from mobsters playing poker, eventually an assassin named "Jack" portrayed by "Brad Pitt" is hired to hunts these men down and kill them. The film opens with "Frankie" walking through a tunnel with "Barack Obama's" voice being heard. The scene is shot well but keeps cutting back to the opening credits. For the most part the movie it show "Frankie" and "Russell" living their lives, doing drugs and smoking. These scenes are sometimes boring and stupid. The other scenes are splendid; they show "Jack" coming after "Frankie" and "Russell". The final scene of the film is incredible, "Brad Pitt" delivers the movie's last line exceptionally. As stated before the first 15 to 20 minutes of the film look like "Frankie" and "Russell" are the main characters of the film. "Brad Pitt" gives the audience a terrific performance and his scenes are definitely the best part of the movie. Music is used very minimal, which actually makes the movie scenes better, during dramatic scenes no music makes them better to watch. During the film there is a scene where "Jack" murders a man in a car, the scene is both violent and if looked at closely looks extremely bad C.G.I. and idiotic. If you are a person who enjoys "Brad Pitt" movies then I recommend you watch "Killing Them Softly" as it has superb acting, perfect drama and great scenes. Although the movie has some issues, these being confusing the audience, stupid scenes and poorly done "Computer Generated Images". I give 2012's "Killing Them Softly" a 7/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2014
    'The Assassination of Jessie James by the coward Robert Ford' was a visually stunning film that took its time but was ultimately satisfying due to great performances. Therefore it's not surprising the the director has assembled another great cast for this crime drama. The story is nothing new and the political allegory is a bit heavy-handed and muddled but I really enjoyed watching this cast embrace their characters and if the whole thing is a little water thin I can forgive it that. A solid and visually impressive crime thriller.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Somewhat unconventional storytelling which follows the motivations of minor characters as much as the major ones, which owes too much to the obvious 'Pulp Fiction'-y influential vibe to feel really original. Some scenes tend to drag like those involving James Gandolfini, he does a decent job but what's the larger purpose? This seamy story of double-crosses and hit men is set against a backdrop of economic stress during the Reagan era, a curious undercurrent whose impact is largely lost among the transmission static it is broadcast on to fill the background.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2014
    The trailer for the film looks good, but the film itself disappoints. The filmmaker tried to copy the style of Tarantino and Coen Bros. but it doesn't work here. The problem, too much dialog and very little action. The action scenes aren't shot and edited well here. The dialog is actually very good. Another big problem is that there is no one to root for here. I didn't care for any of the characters in the film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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