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Killing Them Softly Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
That scheme is clearly visible though not particularly remarkable.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 14, 2016
Never before has such a simple story with so few players been so deliberately hard to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014
With such a strong cast, it's hard to imagine how things went so wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Andrew Dominik's follow-up to 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' too often fails to engage with its uneven mix of guns and gab.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
Dominik wears his nihilism as a badge, but that's not what it is at all: It's a crutch, and an awfully flimsy one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
November 29, 2012
Killing Them Softly is well made, written, and acted, but the allegorical story and repulsive characters are too one-note and unpleasant to enjoy or recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
November 29, 2012
Everything about the loaded-with-lowlives crime flick is elongated, extended to the very precipice of its expiration date.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2012
The film's cynicism, like everything else, is nothing more than empty posturing, a fashionable pose adopted to ingratiate itself with a disenfranchised public.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tom Clift
Moviedex
November 14, 2012
The message is so unrelenting that it soon drowns out all the films' strengths in an ocean of fashionable nihilism and socially conscious outrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 12, 2013
There are many cinematic cardinal sins, but the latest film from Aussie director Andrew Dominik commits two of the big ones - Don't Be Boring and Don't Waste A Great Cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 28, 2012
Delivers some striking elements that never add up to a cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
May 22, 2012
Built on dynamic set pieces and jet black humour, it's reminiscent of last year's Drive. It's a shame then, that Dominik saddles the film with a heavy-handed political subtext that would echo much louder if it spoke a little quieter.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 29, 2012
It seems as if I've been seeing versions of this story since forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 29, 2012
While the cast is consistently watchable and on-point, Dominik disappoints as both scenarist and filmmaker.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2012
The film, for all its visual felicities, comes to life only sporadically.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012
Good actors and unimpeachable source material hampered by faulty chatter, leading to thumb-twiddling.
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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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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
It's a movie that shows, and then tells, tells, and tells again, its vibrant conjuring of contemporary cynicism felled by Dominik's lack of faith in his audience's ability to connect thematic dots.
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
December 2, 2012
Brad Pitt's hit man yarn keeps getting interrupted by political talking points as well as director Andrew Dominik's obsession with Tarantino-style tics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2013
While Dominik flourishes when it comes to the picture's excessive violence, he seems to be unable to balance those sequences with the drawn-out scenes of dialogue, which, while delivered nicely, kill any momentum the film might have had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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