“A Smartly Written Black Comedy That Overcomes Its Narrative Based Issues With Excellent Character Portrayals.”
“It's So Awesome. How Could You Not Like It?”
An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, channeling Quentin Tarantino.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Meta to the max, filled with clever jokes and observations that stick like barbs and deflated ones that land with a thud, "Seven Psychopaths" is a leisurely riff about movies, violence, storytelling and the art of the steal.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Seven Psychopaths is about seven times more clever than most Hollywood comedies. And way more demented.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A toxic little bauble of Hollywood gestures, cliches and tropes.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
'Seven Psychopaths" is many things, chief among them a long-overdue love letter to Christopher Walken and a crudely drawn ransom note from Sam Rockwell.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The movie in which Martin McDonagh the scabrous playwright and Martin McDonagh the high-end junk filmmaker at last craft a doozy both can brag about to their mates.
Alan Scherstuhl - Village Voice
In writer-director Martin McDonagh's hazy but fun meditation on friendship, the art of storytelling and masculine morality gone off the rails. If it's hard to keep 'em all straight without a scorecard, just go with it.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, "Seven Psychopaths" has a death wish.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... delights in pulling the rug out from under the audience ... in such cerebrally and cinematically exciting ways ...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths promises a bloody good time. It delivers.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.
David Denby - New Yorker
Well, they have the title right. I don't know how these people found one another, but they certainly belong on the same list.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
McDonagh's characters may be awful, or simply lost, but they're all addicted to the art of the tall tale and the dark allure of the nightmarish bedtime story.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
I can't remember the last time I was so sorely disappointed by a writer I liked; the movie is undeniably entertaining but as hollow as a bullet wound.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Put a gun in the hands of Woody Harrelson and some glorious gab in the mouth of Christopher Walken - the most deadpan of deadpanning thespians - and it's impossible not to make something of this profanity-flying conflation.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A movie that leaves you stumbling out of the theater in a state of giddy, elated vertigo.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
While "Seven Psychopaths" is indeed as crazy as it sounds, it's not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A delightfully nuts, compulsively watchable film.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
To me, the movie is genuinely humor-resistant. Any cult it develops will be chewing gum and wearing Halloween costumes.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The script's primary tension isn't between the characters at all, but rather in McDonagh's mind, as he arm-wrestles the split between shlock and sincerity in screenwriting.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Too many of its moments of let's-subvert-the-genre seem to leave McDonagh stranded and flailing at just the moment when a Tarantino movie or a Chuck Palahniuk novel is snapping into place.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The really crazy thing about Seven Psychopaths is how much sense it makes, in a weird sort of way. And how much fun it has while doing so.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
If you're a lover of quick dialogue and madcap situations, you'll likely feel this one came with a bow attached.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
It's less a love letter to the writing process than a satire of those obsessed with it. Even if McDonagh doesn't mean to imply that writing is a psychopathic behavior, the proof is in the gory pudding.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
This flick never pretends to be anything but a bright hall of fun-house mirrors. And there, so gloriously distorted, gargoyles look right at home.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Walken gives one of the most restrained, mysterious and thoroughly magnificent performances of his long career as the brokenhearted, cravat-wearing Hans.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For about 75 minutes, Seven Psychopaths is a rollicking good movie - kinetic, clever, funny, and brutal. Then, inexplicably, it falls apart.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
There's way more wit than weight in Martin McDonagh's second feature, but still much to enjoy.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
After breaking apart the crime film, McDonagh puts it back together again for a conclusion worthy of the genre.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
It's an old-fashioned John Huston caper film extended to sulfurous comedy - from Beat the Devil to Meet the Devil.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
What movie junkie out there wouldn't leap at the chance to see merry pranksters such as Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson go nuts in something called Seven Psychopaths? It's crazy-killer fun.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is one of the best times I've had at the movies in years.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
A collection of weird riffs that not even engaging acting by Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits can bring together.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
There's never a moment in which "Seven Psychopaths" seems particularly original or inspired.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
I'm not sure it all hangs together in the end, but McDonagh's grasping at something interesting.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A breezy, quotable, blood-soaked treat.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The film's unique script strangely succeeds in mashing together both intense violence and grand comedy.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
It's a tossup over what's more prevalent: the laughs or the body count.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths is a sharp piece of fun that both pokes at the current climate of filmmaking while also adding its own brand of humor to the mix.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
Seven Psychopaths doesn't knuckle down and decide how to answer everything tossed out for consideration, but even when it feels like little more than intellectual, postmodern spitballing, it satisfies as an exercise in storytelling.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
If it doesn't quite match In Bruges in terms of total success, it's still potent enough to indicate that McDonagh managed to dodge the dreaded sophomore slump.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Though it seems derivative at times, it's offbeat, it's violent, it's well written, and it's well acted.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The sense that the different elements don't really add up to much may well leave some feeling cold; for others, the sharp dialogue and comic beats will produce a similar fondness for the characters that In Bruges' best scenes did.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Another gleefully dark comedy thriller from In Bruges creator Martin McDonagh featuring gabby killers, scabrously funny dialogue and moments of shocking violence.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
McDonagh achieves the tricky feat of balancing cleverness, carnage, and compassion.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
...the moment to moment of the unparalleled craziness that experimental narrative, character dexterity and into the depths of McDonagh's necessary second album psychosis.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Mostly the ruthless black humour is sustained, and occasionally some genuine emotion can creep in and touch our hearts.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
...an entertainingly erratic effort...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
At times, the galloping absurdity drifts into off-the-peg comedy gangster cliche. But McDonagh's brilliant way with one-liners always claws back enough ground to stifle any groans.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Martin McDonagh gleefully plays with both the gang thriller genre and the moviemaking process with this enjoyably absurd action comedy. It's a little self-indulgent, acknowledging how difficult he found it to follow up his acclaimed film In Bruges.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
There's not much point to a meta-film once the actual film has ceased to grip.
David Sexton - This is London
[A] black comedy loaded with some fabulous, all-American visual touches.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
[B]ursting with equal parts exasperation, despair, cultural criticism, and black comedy...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
McDonagh has enough ideas for six films, but with them all crammed into one, the effect of each is lost.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Too much is so clever-clever that it borders on the stupid.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It loses its way after a while but the performances are excellent and there's some jaunty dialogue.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Self-aware stupidity does not equal wit.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Christopher Walken has starred in over one hundred movies and whether he is playing a deer hunter or a dog-napper, has there ever been a better scene stealer?
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
Clever, ludic, perky, perspicacious - and ever so slightly tiring.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
After a while the narrative falters, the ideas flag and it simply gets dull ...
McDonagh is undoubtedly a very clever man, but with Seven Psychopaths he is interested in nothing more than celebrating his own cleverness.
Philip Concannon - The Skinny
The performances are superb and the dialogue is often hilarious, but the script is both all over the place and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A movie about making a movie that constantly reminds us we're watching a movie, with characters discussing what should happen in the "movie" movie that naturally winds up influencing the movie we're all watching. Kind of.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Hilarious, unwieldy, clever, snarky and snide it may be, but it's always entertaining.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
You'll definitely enjoy this film if you like your humour black and bloody.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Worth a watch if only to see McDonagh bring his magic touch to the strange deserts of America - a weird and whacked-out journey from which nothing and no one can emerge as expected.
Evrim Ersoy - Electric Sheep
McDonagh is less saturated in film and pop culture than Tarantino and less prone than Kaufman to disappear down story wormholes.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
If there's a certain thrill in watching bad guys getting their brains sprayed across a wall, it's surpassed by the intrigue of having a filmmaker reveal the inner workings of his own mind.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Walken is such a joy, I felt like instantly rewinding his every scene. But amazingly, he doesn't completely steal the show
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Enormously entertaining, endlessly quotable, perfectly cast and packed full of the richest acting you'll see from an ensemble cast all year, but the result is ever so slightly hollow.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Admittedly, there are longueurs, but when it's funny, it's hilarious; when it's tense, it's powerful; and most of the time, its demented brio is a joy to watch.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Neither funny nor groundbreaking, resulting in a half-baked homage not a fully realized idea. But that may be enough for the target audience.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
I just thought this movie was entirely too smug and self aware to invest myself in it. It was a bit tiresome. It seemed to be an exercise in cinematic onanism.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As enjoyable as this movie is, there are holes.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Despite a great cast, a great premise and some great ham acting - a must whenever Christopher Walken walks into frame - the movie's lack of focus keeps it from kicking out of second gear and into the kind of crazy groove it clearly strives for.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Seven Psychopaths is almost certainly not the movie you'll be expecting it to be, but as long as you stick with it, this is one of its greatest strengths, not a weakness.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Shamelessly rips off Tarantino and is overloaded with self-referential smarminess, but the ending's a cracker and there are some scene-stealing performances.
CJ Johnson - FILMINK (Australia)
I think McDonagh is really cleaver. I mean he's taking on Hollywood and the screenplay; the conceit of writing a screenplay within a screenplay. He's having digs at the violence in films while indulging in the violence in films.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The film as a whole is fiercely funny; there are twists galore with some wonderful performances, especially from Rockwell and Walken whose scene-stealing skills are front and centre in this non-PC but thoroughly entertaining romp.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
For all the darkly comic asides and witty conversations in McDonagh's script, the gag he clearly takes the most pleasure in is the ol' genre bait-and-switch. They come for the gangland violence; they stay for the story seminar.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
You might like this film better if you think exploding heads is a funny bit.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The bloody tale of a blocked scriptwriter and a bunch of gangsters is fun to watch (mostly), yet the bold twists and turns of its playful narrative seem to serve no greater purpose other than its own cleverness.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
It can't hope to match its predecessor for charm and accessibility. Where In Bruges felt droll and gentler in tone, Seven Psychopaths is unwieldy, ramshackle and gory.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
It's a film you don't read about; you don't try to analyse; you don't ask what it's about; it's a film you go and you surrender your cinematic ass
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
While his first film, In Bruges was black, fresh and funny, Martin McDonagh's follow up comedy crime caper is less on the mark
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
I procrastinate because I care and because writing reviews of movies you love is hard. And I really loved Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths.
Further evidence that dog owners are mentally ill people hiding in plain sight.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
A more purely entertaining film you'd be hard pressed to find; Seven Psychopaths is best enjoyed as an unabashed hell-raiser that's also bloody funny.
Emma Simmonds - The List
A dark comedy that leaves the fun out of funny
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
When the film itself is jerking you around, the cast is carrying you through it.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
One psychopath too many?
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
McDonagh manages to have it both ways
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Engagingly off-centre, like Charlie Kaufman taking down Quentin Tarantino, this sunbaked shaggy-dog story is a place-holder film for McDonagh, and often closer to chaos than it is to genius.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
On paper, a movie I should love. In practice, like watching two grad students pee on each other for two hours.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
For those who aren't averse to a bit of gallows humor, Seven Psychopaths is just original and morbid enough to be genuinely memorable.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
If this sounds like a shaggy-shih-tzu story rather than a tightly plotted thriller, it is - and that's part of the joke.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
[McDonagh] continues to mix crime and dark comedy, but this time he adds a layer of self-awareness, deconstructing both the writing process and the need for conflict (and/or violence) in writing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
That it invokes unfavourable comparisons to Adaptation doesn't necessarily make Seven Psychopaths a failure, but you do find yourself wishing that McDonagh had the foresight to ruin his own movie with as much precision as Charlie Kaufman had.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
If your cringe threshold is high enough, this is one of the funniest comedies of the year.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A movie that is one of the most aggressively self-reflexive and self-lacerating in modern memory.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
One of the most gratifying, witty and intelligent films of the year.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rockwell and Walken are at their best in this violent tale. What more could you possibly want?
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
I would pay to see this film again if only to hear Walken utter that pivotal "no" at the end of the film.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
There's a lot going on here, but it all amounts to a really good time.
Jonah Flicker - Paste Magazine
You could have Farrell, Rockwell, Walken and Harrelson sit around discussing municipal building codes and it would still be more entertaining than 60 percent of the movies that came out this year.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh doesn't make movies; they're more like balancing acts.
Dan Lybarger - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
In what could have been an over-the-top, one note performance Rockwell gives Billy a heart and, more importantly, a soul.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Seven Psychopaths isn't interested in complete narrative coherency, only with ridiculous flights of fancy and layering joke upon joke as McDonagh skewers the modern crime genre and just about every other action movie trope.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Watching 'Seven Psychopaths' is like having a surrealistic nightmare you can't help enjoying.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Ultimately, the experience of watching "Seven Psychopaths" is akin to watching a dog like Bonnie chase its tail: It's only funny until you realize that the running in circles isn't ever really going to stop.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Martin McDonagh does not let up on the shock/awe value. Nor does he back away from the humor, dark or otherwise.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
This is what Adaptation might've looked like had Charlie Kaufman been hired to pen a flippantly nihilistic wiseguy saga instead of an unfilmable ode to orchids.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
This all-star cast -- coupled with the crisp and creative script -- makes Seven Psychopaths a film you would be crazy not to see.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
...often sublimely hilarious, with Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken doing their loony best to keep the ramshackle affair going.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
So many characters require a deft, experienced hand at the helm and [Martin] McDonagh has not achieved that level of experience, yet.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Moviegoers who can handle philosophical musings accompanied by exploding heads will find that McDonagh has delivered another sharp and entertaining film.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
It's about what you'd expect from the filmmaker whose first feature, In Bruges, featured a coke-addled dwarf pontificating about the impending race riots to a pair of Belgian hookers.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Seven Psychopaths isn't a great movie -- there are stretches where it has too much going on for its own good -- but it is an inspired, strange, and occasionally choke-on-your-popcorn funny ensemble piece.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
For a film about nothing, 'Seven Psychopaths' is awfully entertaining.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The movie's meta-ness is a reliable source of laughs, but it's also somewhat exhausting.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Rockwell is impressive as the manic Billy, while Walken steals his scenes as he gives Hans a world-weary seriousness that keeps McDonagh's weird world nicely grounded.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
With a truly original script, premise, and insightful structural deconstruction, Seven Psychopaths offers entertainment at its sharpest and most perceptive.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
McDonagh is such a clever writer, his dialogue and directions sparkle with such amazing clarity, that you can't help but be impressed.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Nearly every conversation is just absurd though, but it's so absurd that it makes way too much sense. The phrase, "That's just crazy enough to work!" was meant for this film.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
It's one of those offerings where only a few signature moments will maintain a place in your memory. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Farrell is perfectly cast as...us.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Seven Psychopaths is seven times the fun of most movies.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
McDonagh sets real (and very different) moods for his stories-within-stories. The Los Angeles locations - apart from the obligatory Hollywood sign - seem fresh.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A smart script makes the film good, but near perfect delivery by some of our favorite unhinged actors make it great.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
...Walken manages to transcend the mean-spiritedness of the proceedings with a bright, typically idiosyncratic but wholly endearing performance.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The script is episodic by nature as it blurs fantasy and reality, with some vignettes more amusing or compelling than others.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
...a violent, profane and hilariously dark comedy about gangsters and lowlifes mixing it up in California.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
McDonagh accomplishes all of this in a way that'll remind you of other filmmakers (but mostly Quentin Tarantino, to reference one of his peers) without feeling copycattish.
Dave White - Movies.com
Smart enough to work on multiple levels: as a witty salute to masculine '70s cinema...as a deconstruction of same...and as an existential consideration of the role of self-expression in ascribing meaning to life...
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It doesn't add up to much. Thankfully, it knows how to deliver a good time along the way.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
It's like a BOONDOCK SAINTS for people who have "good" taste in movies.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
How do we suppress our need for moral and even physical justice if we believe that violence leads to damnation? Is there a chance to...oh, never mind. Let's just blow someone's brains out.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Doesn't quite hold together at the end, but it's quite audacious, and supremely entertaining throughout.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
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.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Uneven, but defiantly so, creating immense personality along the way, helping to absorb the randomness of the screenplay and his numerous tangents.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Consistently surprising, "Seven Psychopaths" ultimately plays like a combination of Quentin Tarantino's self-aware, savvy ultraviolence and Charlie Kaufman's reflexive head trips.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
There's something overtly mechanical about McDonagh's approach that keeps it all from being as outrageously fun as it's pretending to be. But it is enjoyable to watch the parade of actors McDonagh has assembled ...
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Doesn't amount to much, but like tasty junk food it goes down easily, even if the nutrition is nil.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
With its blend of low-rent gangster cool, high-body-count hipster violence, smart-mouth dialogue, inspired casting and a blissfully retro soundtrack...[this]might have been a groundbreaking film -- in 1992.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
For a good hour, Seven Psychopaths is lively, bloody fun. Then the yawning starts.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Writer/director Martin McDonagh tries his hand at an "Adaptation"-like deconstruction...but while early goings are fun, the film never feels like it fits together properly and implodes under ideas run amok.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Movies about moviemaking can often feel lazy -- like rock songs about touring, or poetry about sitting in cafes -- but McDonagh is such an energetic filmmaker and fancy-footed writer that he nearly pulls it off.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Seven Psychopaths presents a clever if largely surface-level argument about cinema as art versus cinema as a delivery system for more immediate gratification.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
The tug-of-war of a writer wrestling with his own worst instincts.
Ann Lewinson - Kansas City Star
It's been a while since we've seen anyone attempt to riff on/rip off Quentin Tarantino, which is why Seven Psychopaths feels fresher than it might have, say, a decade ago or two.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
Seven Psychopaths is refreshingly unorthodox on the level of The Big Lebowski, mixing clever film-about-film elements with dialogue that McDonagh crafted with care.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Even if the snake winds up swallowing its own tail, it's a jolting spectacle you'll want to keep watching.
Tom Waits is in it, holding a rabbit. That's more adorable than you'd think.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
McDonagh serves up gems of audaciously violent humor but never makes a bracelet. It'll play better on DVD where chapters and psychopaths can be selected according to taste (I'd suggest Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7). In a theater intact, it's a bloody mess.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Martin McDonagh's energetic follow up to his wildly humorous and thoughtful 2008 film "In Bruges" is a self-reflexive study in post-post-modern cinema.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
You're unlikely to be invested in the outcome of "Seven Psychopaths," but there's a lot of good, grisly fun to be had along the way.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
All great films are both fairy tales and confessionals, and when the two collide, what's left beyond the crumple zone is magic.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Anything but the same old thing, anchored by a fantastically weird, energetic, Rockwell-y Sam Rockwell performance and several scenes of excellent, Tarantino-esque anxiety.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Martin McDonagh is bloody funny. And then bloodier - and funnier.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Suggestive of a blisteringly good-humored Quentin Tarantino (sans the uber gore), McDonagh possesses a rare talent for ushering black comedy to a bleak end, luring his audience into laughter all along its shootapalooza way.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
It comes off as a big inside joke. And not a very funny one at that.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
"Seven Psychopaths" has to be counted as a disappointment.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Doesn't leave much behind beyond a trail of blood, wit, and confusion, but it's something to see while it lasts.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
[T]his is a film that revels in the act and art of storytelling.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Here is a motion picture that proudly bends genre conventions and follows a multilayered narrative not quite like any other viewers will have seen.
"Seven Psychopaths" is a vivid illusion of fun, but sane consumers can find similar sensations in the discount video bin eight days a week.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Best movie about writing a screenplay since Barton Fink.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
As if all the odds and ends left over from a "typical" Tarantino project were swept up and dumped into one oafish crime yarn.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Simultaneously a sincere and sarcastic love letter to the magic of storytelling.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
It's not about the character development so much in this film as it is the people and the crazy scenarios they get involved with. Mostly see it for the stand-out performances of Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
This movie was that it felt like a comedian on stage who doesn't give a shit about the audience and if they're getting laughs when the audiences thinks they should. It's a refreshing attitude that I enjoyed but also at times left me a little cold.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
It takes actors of the caliber of Walken and Harrelson to bring the right mix of absurdity and humanity into the world of psychopathic crime. They were perfectly chosen for this film and their parts were perfectly executed.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
McDonagh's latest is the craziest thing to come out of Hollywood this year -- in the best way possible.
Aly Semigran - Hollywood.com
If Seven Psychopaths smacks a bit showoff-y in places, it's only because Martin McDonagh has so much worth showing off.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
There's ... a uniquely affecting spiritual component to McDonagh's work, something he explores here via two sublimely ridiculous stories-within-the-story about a razor-wielding Quaker and a vengeful Vietnamese monk.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Seven Psychopaths is an alternately hilarious and horrifying comedy from the poison pen of Martin McDonagh.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Seven Psychopaths doesn't jell, but it's enough of a crowd-pleaser to make you worried about how pleased the crowd around you is.
A gangster bromance that plays out like Tarantino riffing on 'Adaptation'
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
The goriest Buddhist serial killer comedy I have ever seen.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Martin McDonagh takes a leap in the right direction with his second (after In Bruges) and better feature, showcasing Colin Farrell in one of his strongest performances in years
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Smarter than Tarantino, cleverer than Carnahan -- literary minded and violent and wickedly funny.
Like 'In Bruges', much of the pleasure derived from the film comes from the interaction of the characters, but Christopher Walken's Hans unassumingly steals the film.
Ian Gilchrist - HeyUGuys
When all of its many parts do come together, it's as satisfying as anything else out there.
David Braga - What Culture
Uproariously funny, gleefully violent, delightfully meta and spectacularly original.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Too self-conscious about the laughs it's trying to get.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
I wanted to love it, but Seven Psychopaths is merely a clever film chock full of wasted potential. It looks and acts a lot better than it actually is.
David Baldwin - We Got This Covered
Geoff Chapman - IGN Movies
[An] exciting, hilarious blast of celluloid.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
There are some jokes in this movie that are so deeply embedded in character reveals that it's made for multiple viewings.
Andrew Robinson - Film School Rejects
There's a soul to these nesting and rhyming stories of ruthless killers and what motivates them to pick up their guns and knives -- and in some cases, gas cans.
Noel Murray - AV Club
It's a terrifically clever film, and just a joy to see masters such as Rockwell and Walken dive off various acting cliffs.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A funny, dirty and very, very violent comedy that tilts at serious themes (as did In Bruges, but in a different way) and does so with a messy, irreverent, gung-ho energy.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
The performances live up to the insanity of the screenplay.
- Little White Lies
Seven Psychopaths is a deliriously twisted tale that provides the perfect platform for Walken's deadpan delivery and Rockwell's gleeful loopiness.
Mark Adams - Screen International
It's a mostly fun and entertaining romp through the lighter side of darkness -- or at least, dark comedy.
Kim Voynar - Movie City News
'Seven Psychopaths' is the sort of comedy that will reward repeat viewings, dense with both verbal and visual humor, and smart about the way it deconstructs itself even as it plays.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.