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Killing Them Softly Reviews

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Ray Pride
June 14, 2015
This physical world is malleable, the means to disconcerting loveliness and expressive power... all under cover as a political parable in the form of an urgent, restless gangster picture. Rain falls, words tumble, violence erupts. Lyricism ensues.
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
f you find Dominik's unsubtle political statements too obvious, there is still plenty else going on in Killing Them Softly to marvel at with its familiar, and yet fresh, genre elements.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric D. Snider
July 27, 2013
Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 24, 2013
Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is a potent and miraculously-shot film that captures America's recent financial collapse through a criminal lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Jardine
March 21, 2013
A noir-ish crime drama with a brain, and despite its flaws and inconsistencies, a film worth seeing. Dominik remains a filmmaker to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
March 4, 2013
Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
Brad Pitt excels amongst an incredible ensemble cast in this gritty crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
February 4, 2013
A top-notch, viscerally powerfully mobster movie with a view of free-market enterprise as practiced at its most harrowingly basic, last-man-standing level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 5, 2013
Australian director Andrew Dominik mixes conventional mobster mayhem with an unconventional take on gangsters caught up in the Great Recession. And with Brad Pitt as his ideologically enraged male muse hitman, as if wandering in from Occupy Wall Street.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 14, 2012
Director Andrew Dominik controls the clock
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
December 12, 2012
It's a rollercoaster: long talky tete a tetes, punctuated with shocking violence (both of which are masterfully presented).
Eric Melin
December 12, 2012
Killing Them Softly finds its own rhythm and eventually its own way of building dread, punctuated by bravura cinematic moments that won't soon be forgotten
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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