Killing Them Softly Reviews

  • In Killing Them Softly, Dominik's first feature since The Assassination of Jesse James, Pitt once again plays a quietly powerful sociopath, and once again the screen vibrates.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The movie is more concerned with conjuring an aura of meaningfulness than with actually meaning anything.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Languorous to the point of rambling, the story of double-crossing and vengeance is darkly funny, graphically violent and gorgeously shot.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Possesses a modicum of swagger and style, even as it perpetuates some of the crime genre's more tedious cliches, from slow-motion savagery to facile cynicism.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A bleakly comic, brutally Darwinian gangland saga that at times comes close to being this year's "Drive."

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Pitt, entering his third decade of fame, continues to show how there was always a deadly serious actor in him all along.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The film, for all its visual felicities, comes to life only sporadically.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Ultimately, as crafted as Killing Them Softly is, it's less satisfying than either The Sopranos or Goodfellas. Still, Dominik and his cast cruise some very mean streets indeed.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • And at the end, when that character collides head on with the election theme Dominik tends to overstate throughout, it all leads up to a punch line so thoroughly anti-inspirational and mordantly funny and just about perfect ...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • One of the best things in the movie is a conversation between Pitt and Jenkins, on a torrential day, seated in a nondescript car beneath a bridge.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • It seems as if I've been seeing versions of this story since forever.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This is a talkative picture, allowing time and space for comically preoccupied and quirkily pathetic exchanges between all sorts of strays and losers.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The Louisiana locations are appropriately cruddy, and the occasional scenes of violence are frightening, visceral, and beautifully photographed.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Jolting, suspenseful, full of twisted sympathy for its goons' row of characters, and wickedly amusing to boot, Killing Them Softly summons up the ghosts of Goodfellas and a whole nasty tradition of crime pics.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Clever dialogue can make up for one-dimensional characters, and amped-up action can disguise a thin plot. Here, we get too little of either.

    Kristin Tillotson — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Let's just call it DOA.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The point of this vile, cynical and ultimately preposterous film is that America is reeling from spiritual numbness and ethical paralysis, and optimism is a game for fools.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Trading in pleasures of a deliberately rarefied sort, writer-director Andrew Dominik's talky, character-rich genre piece largely short-circuits thrills to sketch a grimly funny portrait of thugs taking care of business, in every rotten sense of the word.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • It isn't much of a movie. I might forgive the slow start if it weren't for the slow middle and slow end.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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