Killing Them Softly Reviews

August 6, 2019
Several decades from now, a generation or two removed from the financial woes of 2008, should grant the film a reputation of note, even if the plot is perilously paper thin.
August 6, 2019
The craft is there, but the ideas are disappointingly simplistic, painting in broad strokes when it could have been so much more pointed using a finer brush.
April 11, 2019
Despite Pitt, the always-great character actor Richard Jenkins and a few individual moments, this is a bland exercise that feels too much like leftover parts from better movies in the same genre.
February 5, 2019
A supremely sharp, savagely swift (at just 97 mins) deconstruction of the American Dream, male machismo and the modern gangster movie.
December 19, 2018
Sometimes its violence is ultraheightened, disgustingly real. Other times it's so stylized as to be barely felt.
November 1, 2018
Killing Them Softly isn't an action movie, but its scenes of violence are brutal and wince inducing.
October 22, 2018
It takes quality actors to pull off the dialogue, but that doesn't mean they can make Killing Them Softly much more interesting than watching paint dry.
August 30, 2018
A bleak view of the American myth of the present.
January 26, 2018
Viciously funny.
February 3, 2017
Director and screenplay writer Andrew Dominik leads his superb cast wonderfully through this dark drama, based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade.
May 10, 2016
That scheme is clearly visible though not particularly remarkable.
April 14, 2016
Never before has such a simple story with so few players been so deliberately hard to follow.
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.
August 17, 2014
With such a strong cast, it's hard to imagine how things went so wrong.
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.
July 27, 2013
Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement.
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.
June 6, 2013
It's a middling gangster film, but belabored with too much Sturm und Drang, particularly in banging over the audience's head the constant reminders of the fiscal cliff.
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.
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.