Seven Psychopaths (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.

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Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, "Seven Psychopaths". Billy (Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Hans (Walken) is Billy's partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychopathetic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie's unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn't think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale. -- (C) Official Site
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R (for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use)
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Comedy
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Cast

Tom Waits
as Zachariah
Bonny
as Bonny
Harry Dean Stanton
as Man in Hat
James Hebert
as Killer
Brendan Sexton III
as Young Zachariah
John Bishop
as The Butcher
Richard Wharton
as The Hippy
Johnny Bolton
as Barman
Helena Mattsson
as Blonde Lady
Christian Barillas
as Catholic Priest
Long Nguyen
as Vietnamese Priest
Christine Marzano
as The Hooker
Frank Alvarez
as Hispanic Guy
Tai Chan Ngo
as Fellow Monk
Amanda Warren
as Maggie
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All Critics (202) | Top Critics (50)

McDonagh is less saturated in film and pop culture than Tarantino and less prone than Kaufman to disappear down story wormholes.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Time Out
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The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.

October 22, 2012
New Yorker
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This is one of the best times I've had at the movies in years.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
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All this narrative nesting and genre-skipping sounds very cerebral on the page, but in practice, Seven Psychopaths is as pleasurably kinetic as can be, full of double-crosses and gunplay and sun-kissed SoCal locations.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
Slate
Top Critic

Each time it appears that McDonagh, who also directed, has written himself into a cul de sac, he off-roads the movie (sometimes literally) into fresh territory.

Full Review… | October 12, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Yes, it's a lot to keep track of, but writer-director Martin McDonagh does so with deft humor as the film hurls toward a desert climax, foreshadowed in one of Billy and Marty's exchanges.

October 12, 2012
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for Seven Psychopaths

A funny dark comedy that has some very inspired moments, but McDonagh doesn't know exactly what to do with the material in his hands, and so he keeps pulling easy tricks out of his sleeves at the expense of a more elaborate structure.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

A Irish screenwriter living in L.A. has a little bit of problem: he's trying to write a new script based on this half-formed idea that he's got, something about seven psychopaths, something, only he can't get any work done cause his friends and acquaintances keep incessantly bothering him with the minutiae of their lives. What minutiae? Well, that they're all practicing psychopaths is probably a good starting place. Round and round the mulberry bush then with this uber- black comedy from the same writer/director from In Bruges. It lacks the same punch, yet still is worthy of your time.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A boozy screen writer, his best friend and a professional dog-napper become the targets of a ruthless mobster when they unknowingly steal his shih tzu. The follow up to the brilliantly oddball In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths is clearly aiming more for the American mainstream, being very much in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino mold. It does have the same post-modern slant and zany humour of McDonagh's previous collaboration with Colin Farrell, who once again strikes up a winning partnership with his co-star, this time Sam Rockwell as the unhinged movie junkie desperate to re-enact his own revenge fantasy. As a whole it reminded me of Tarantino's early work with lots of Grindhouse style asides as they spew forth their ridiculous script ideas so it's not as original as In Bruges, but it's consistently entertaining and very funny and if you can imagine a version of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang parodying Pulp Fiction instead of Film Noir you're in the right ball park.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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