Killing Them Softly Reviews

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Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
December 11, 2012
The completely obvious comparison to the mobster world and our American economic system is a welcome, straight-forward surprise for storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
December 10, 2012
The pace is deliberate, yet that simmering sociopolitical undercurrent gives Killing Them Softly more weight than its rather conventional concept might suggest.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopPolitics.com
December 10, 2012
Jackie Cogan understands his fate in a way that the other smart guys don't quite, an understanding that makes him seem somehow smarter.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) understands his fate in a way that the other smart guys don't quite, an understanding that makes him seem somehow smarter.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 7, 2012
Killing Them Softly positions itself as a heady piece of entertainment, but it's ultimately no more intelligent than The Pet Goat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 7, 2012
It's a pleasure to watch Pitt work in dialogue-rich, subversively comic film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 7, 2012
Another one of those films that makes you wish Quentin Tarantino had taken up hotel and restaurant management.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
December 6, 2012
Ray Liotta gets his butt super kicked in this one. It's actually quite scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 6, 2012
Emerging director Andrew Dominick comes out swinging in this nonsensical gangland farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
December 6, 2012
Another misfire for Brad Pitt. This hit man story is overly talkative and lacking in entertainment value
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2012
The closing punchline is such a knockout, you might forgive the lack of subtlety preceding it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 5, 2012
Absent poppy dialogue and a few terrifically well-staged action scenes, the director doesn't seem very alive to the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ed Gibbs
The National
December 5, 2012
Pitt's best work in years. His final, show-stopping speech is phenomenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
December 5, 2012
Killing Them Softly has jumped to the top of my list of worst movies of 2012
Full Review | Original Score: bomb
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 5, 2012
More bullets-and-bloodshed that's stylish, cynical - and unappealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 5, 2012
You may find yourself wishing these hooligans would raise a little more hell and watch a little less C-SPAN.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 4, 2012
Killing Them Softly is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore, but fails to provide an invitation to join the outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012
A masterclass in precise, auteurist cinema ... Short, sharp, talky, lean, and almost completely inhabited by men, Killing The Softly is cerebral, nasty, and hugely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 4, 2012
Terrific performances, but it too often feels like a referendum on Brad Pitt's disappointment in President Obama, much like George Clooney's "The Ides of March." Unlike "Ides," it strains mightily to Say Something Big about political bread & circus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 4, 2012
'Killing Them Softly' collapses under the crushing weight of the director's narcissism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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