Murder by Contract Reviews

April 21, 2019
Murder by Contract is a svelte, plucky noir that feels like a spiritual sequel of sorts to Carol Reed's The Third Man.
May 9, 2018
Here's a real gem and total justification for the existence of the B-movie.
May 9, 2018
Cool is just the word for it: the emotional temperature is creepily low, everything chillingly understated.
Top Critic
July 21, 2014
Lerner directs with a wary neutrality that leaves judgment aside; he lets the killer speak his piece, resulting in a few politicized surprises.
December 5, 2009
Irving Lerner's direction is almost hypnotic as he matches the deliberation of his killer with meticulous direction...
November 6, 2009
Takes a shockingly low-key, detailed approach to the job of contract killer.
July 31, 2008
Edwards is strongly cast as the killer and provides a quiet menace which pays off in audience attention.
June 24, 2006
A terrific, no-nonsense B movie which comes on like something by Jean-Pierre Melville: cool, calm and dispassionate.
May 1, 2006
Limpid, compact low-budget ingenuity.
October 23, 2003
It's a brisk 80 minutes and definitely worth a peek.
April 17, 2003
Neither the screenwriter (Ben Simcoe) nor the director (Irving Lerner) ever acquired a big reputation, but here they achieved something singular and nearly perfect.
April 17, 2003
They don't make noir films better than this.