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The Killer Inside Me Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
This adaptation of Thompson's 1952 novel about a cunning, psychotic sheriff's deputy in a small Texas town locates the killer inside him and immerses us in the cold calculation and horrible logic that pull him from one murder to the next.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2010
What a crock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 9, 2010
Little, however, can save The Killer Inside Me from its worst impulses, its reveling in brute violence that makes it hard to watch and nearly impossible to admire, even though it's carefully crafted.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 6, 2010
As for the misogynist brutality, it is indeed depraved, made more so by the fact that its female victims are depicted as loving their abuse right up until it turns murderous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 2, 2010
The question of Winterbottom's intent here isn't easily answered, but the power of his abuse scenes is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 1, 2010
To his credit, Affleck avoids making Lou suggest a reboot of Robert. He's pushy and cowardly, but in a more calculating way, and he's sadistically sexual in a way that Robert never was.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2010
It's a psychologically haunting portrait of an extreme personality, an amoral, violent, lonely man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2010
The film, sunbaked noir delivered with disturbing savagery and finesse, does its source material full justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 30, 2010
Full of nice little touches, but somehow misses the mark when it comes to the big picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2010
Winterbottom was right to keep the light and compositions flat and bright and eerily sunny, no matter what sort of evilness Lou perpetrates. But the story should grow progressively more reckless-seeming and feverish; instead, it is methodical to a fault.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2010
Little more than torture porn tricked out in art-house finery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 24, 2010
There is a point beyond which Lou's implacability brings diminishing returns. While I admire Affleck's performance, I believe Winterbottom and his writer, John Curran, may have miscalculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 23, 2010
" A surprisingly patient, observational portrait of insanity."
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2010
It's one thing on the page, where you're almost as horrified by the idea of some person actually writing this as you are by what you're reading. But on the screen, actually watching it happen, it begins to fall apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 18, 2010
John Curran's script can be faulted for leaning too heavily on the childhood roots of Lou's psychosis, but the movie does Thompson proud. It's a scorcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 18, 2010
The Killer Inside Me is hard to watch -- occasionally impossible to watch -- but it never looks away from the hard, isolate, stoic killer at its dark heart, and it makes sure we can't either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 18, 2010
You may feel a twinge of sympathy for this monster, a strange and vivid character who deserves all the torments of hell, and also a better movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 18, 2010
Raspy-voiced Affleck turns in an amazingly controlled performance as a natural-born killer, with strong backup from the supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 18, 2010
Affleck is playing someone split down the middle, but we're stuck seeing only one side of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 17, 2010
Winterbottom captures the atmosphere of a dusty community where everyone knows everybody's history, and where money and power can only sway public opinion to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 16, 2010
The Killer Inside Me may be the darkest film noir ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 16, 2010
While the individual moments of brutality are powerful, the pacing of the film as a whole tends to lag. The suspense should be suffocating.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 16, 2010
None of this makes sense; no character motivation is ever analyzed; and by the time the end credits roll, everyone in the film is dead already. The film is seriously lacking in a sense of redemption, and I couldn't find a moral purpose with a spyglass.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 16, 2010
Winterbottom's inability to bring off this lurid stew of sex and violence is one problem; his (mis)direction of Affleck is another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 15, 2010
The poster is stronger than any image in the movie.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 2, 2010
This again-atypical film from Winterbottom is a much more sober affair than its early, controversial press might suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
Uncompromising and wickedly entertaining ... Casey Affleck leads a rich ensemble cast.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 26, 2010
This Killer lacks punch, dynamism and genuinely seedy atmosphere.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
Good-looking but not very effective.