[A] precious, inert dud of a hitmen-are-people-too comedy.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
With its shadows and gallows humor, You Kill Me goes about as dark as a comedy can go before turning into tragedy or self-parody.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
A completely amoral world delivered with wit and incisiveness, and great twists.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
It's a predictable but acridly pleasant 12-step bonbon: self-help noir.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Dean Essner - Village Voice
John Dahl returns to the quirky black-comedy genre where he began his career in the late '80s. It's good to have him back there.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A film whose deft blend of action thrills and gallows humor packs a jaunty kick and a firing-range boom.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
With strong lead performances and sure-footed direction, You Kill Me isn't terrible, it's just not nearly as smart or interesting as it should be or as it seems to think it is.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Leoni is a welcome sight here, temporarily giving up attempts at sunny-sexy blond roles and going with her sarcastic nature.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
No offense to Sir Ben, who does a mean deadpan, but his performance here is frequently more dead than pan -- which, given the material, was probably the wisest acting choice.
Jim Emerson - Chicago Sun-Times
When Leoni's character learns what Frank does for a living, her look of puzzlement is marvelously subtle. You Kill Me has a lot of little moments like that.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This crime comedy has such a goofy script and such an eccentric cast that it kept me curious about what would happen next.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
This droll combination of coldblooded murder and romantic comedy uses Ben Kingsley's renowned intensity to uproarious effect.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A film that manages to find sunbeams between the corpses and drunks.
Tom Long - Detroit News
One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Along with the splendid principals, [the secondary cast] round out an extraordinarily accomplished ensemble.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
With an eclectic mix of strong-minded thesps all pulling in slightly different directions, this shape-shifting genre hybrid successfully commingles 12-step therapy, romantic comedy and hit-man thriller.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
You Kill Me really belongs to Kingsley, whose character's deadpan reactions to his new environment are priceless. He really kills.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A strong performance by the reliable Kingsley, and a tartly sweet one from Leoni, keeps You Kill Me from turning into the bad joke the title implies.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Given a choice between a dark film with comic elements and a comedy that purports to be edgy, the filmmakers took the easy way out.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Enjoyable low-budget black comedy.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Yet another hilarious cinematic depiction of a professional hit man's angst.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
For an hour and a half it exerts its own preposterous reality, making you believe it -- and like it.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
We've seen the inner lives of hit men and mobsters rendered innumerably in recent years on film and television, but You Kill Me does it in a satisfyingly comedic way, loaded with easily identifiable idiosyncrasies.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Where Dahl succeeds is in transforming two essentially tired characters into fully fleshed-out human beings who fall in love.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
A sweet black comedy about a professional killer from Buffalo whose gangster uncle makes him join Alcoholics Anonymous in San Francisco, falls in love with a down to earth saleswoman and cleans up his act so he can be a neater killer.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Kingsley seems to be sleepwalking through the entire movie, in a faux-understated performance
Marlow Stern - Manhattan Movie Magazine
Domesticating the mobster within society has become almost a commonplace, thanks to The Sopranos, but Kingsley's tight-lipped gruffness gives a lift to the mordant ironies of the script.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A fitfully amusing black comedy about an alcoholic assassin, its well-drawn characters drown in a generic gangster plot and a painfully low budget.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
A badly written hash of a film, which will struggle to please even the most devout Sir Ben fans.
Dean Essner - Little White Lies
Kingsley shows a surprising talent for deadpan comic delivery.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
An uneven black comedy-thriller that's nonetheless worth catching for Tea Leoni's bracingly sharp performance and the inspired idea of putting hitman Ben Kingsley into AA. Just focus on the well-etched characters and don't worry too much about the plot.
Tom Charity - Total Film
Despite some good performances, You Kill Me misses the target.
Ross Bennett - Empire Magazine
All dilutions aside, director Dahl mixes a dash of Six Feet Under with shots of Mr & Mrs Smith and Grosse Point Blank to put the kick into an enjoyably spiky little cocktail.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Ben Kingsley brings a batty, basilisk wit to You Kill Me, a black comedy about a dipsomaniacal hitman.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A great cast and a great script make this a surprising recommendation as a first date movie.
Jim Hall - Film4
The opening six-minute shot of dawn breaking over a rural landscape is worth the price of admission alone. Stunning.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
The film isn't without its flaws, but in defying Hollywood convention, it manages to reach parts other comedies cannot reach.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Not a masterpiece, mind you, nor the funniest thing you could see on a lazy summer afternoon; but a fine motion picture.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Slays me over its colorful amusing characters even if its story underwhelms me.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
I could watch Kingsley and Leoni for days. They're the film's true draw.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A little more energy would have done the film a world of good.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
[Director] Dahl exudes such a casual control; his lightness of touch reads as a concern for good form, like knowing how to squeeze a trigger instead of pulling it.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
A dryly funny and demented film featuring the most likable hit man you'd ever want to meet.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
You Kill Me feels like a lightweight throwaway, but it remains in the memory longer than expected.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Like his deliciously original Last Seduction, director John Dahl returns to the wild side in You Kill Me, an odd and somewhat puzzling crime drama that throws the viewer for a loop thanks to its deadpan humour and absurdist narrative.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The kind of movie that will have a far longer shelf life than most of the largely disposable big summer blockbusters dwarfing it at the box office.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Ben Kingsley, or Sir Ben as he's called on the other side of the Atlantic, is an odd choice to play a hard-drinking Polish hit man from Buffalo, N.Y.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The deadpan tone doesn't always finesse us past the satirical plot absurdities ... but the whole is reasonably enjoyable, buoyed by another of Kingsley's scarily intense performances.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Were it not for a couple of overbroad scenes and a few flat notes of forced wackiness ... might have been one of the year's more subtle pleasures, a bittersweet snapshot akin to Jarmusch's Broken Flowers
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A lot more clever than it initially appears.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Director John Dahl resists the urge to overbake the comedy, letting an unexpected undercurrent of pathos give this more heft than it probably deserves.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A grown-up movie with droll, sophisticated humor and a deliciously subversive sense. We don't see too many of those any more.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Dave White - Movies.com
Ultimately the movie stands as a testament to grownup love, the kind where all faults are exposed and dealt with, one day at a time.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
An amusingly wry effort that's refreshing, particularly amidst all the overblown, story-deficient summer blockbusters.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
When Frank stands up at a meeting and confesses that he wants to kick the bottle so he can devote himself more fully to killing people, "You Kill Me" achieves a perfect black-comic pitch.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
You can pinpoint the exact moment You Kill Me descends permanently into idiocy.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
This dark-themed and morally dubious yet weirdly lighthearted crime comedy seems to both satirize and celebrate the forgiving, nonjudgmental nature of 12-step recovery programs.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
[Leoni's] collaboration with Kingsley does provide moments of comedic excellence. Too bad those moments dona(TM)t add up to enough to save the film from its ponderous messaging.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
As dark comedies go, You Kill Me nearly hits all the right targets, playing like a tongue-in-cheek hybrid of Prizzi's Honor and Clean and Sober.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ita(TM)s a small wonder. When was the last time you saw this much talent lent to the story of a man who discovers what it means to really live only after learning he doesna(TM)t need any help from the hard stuff to kill?
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
There's more comedy in the tale of a drunk assassin than you might expect, and a surprising amount of heart, too.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An unpredictable, enjoyable mob comedy.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
...ultimately undone by its inherently schizophrenic nature...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
At every turn, despite treading familiar territory, You Kill Me stands elevated above the gangster glut.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Along the way there's a good deal of comedy, but it's the sort where you may look around to see if anyone you know caught you laughing.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's a smart and fun little romp that doesn't kill so much as tickle and surprise.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
After years of working with dreadful filmmakers such as Peter Hyams and Uwe Boll, it's easy to forget just how invaluable Kingsley is to the art of screen performance.
Brian Orndorf - eFilmCritic.com
You Kill Me has more natural laughs than any half-dozen recent crime comedies.
Bill White - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Plays quite a bit broader than [Dahl's] earlier work, but the director's sly tone and talent with character actors remains intact. It already feels old, in a good way.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
[The filmmakers] tackle the familiar material with such gleeful zest, thanks in no small part to an extremely game cast, that I didn't mind that there wasn't anything on display that I hadn't already before in one form or another.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
If Dahl's picture won't exactly slay you, the performances make for an oddly diverting little flick.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Despite the slight novelty of some of its performances, the movie never rises above anything more than the sum of its fractured parts.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Ben Kingsley takes it easy and gives Leoni and Wilson a chance to shine in this easy-going gangster comedy about friends and killers.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
Everybody hits just the right notes...It's just a lot of fun.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A welcome escape and eventual cult hit for comedy fans this summer.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
An unsatisfying compromise flick on the fence which might have worked had it either been played straight or purely for laughs.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
These filmmakers boast a tactile command of lower-case depression humor. And Kingsley and Leoni master it with rare cool glee.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The story's grasping, eager-to-displease setup never establishes enough depth to be fully engaging, let alone metaphorically significant -- and why else make a movie about a psychotic kicking hooch in order to be a better killer?
Mark Holcomb - Time Out New York
After an unsuccessful bid at respectability with his tepid war film... director John Dahl returns to what he does best: amusingly vicious little films noir.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
In the moment, You Kill Me is never less than mildly entertaining, and it's almost never more than that.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Director John Dahl keeps a firm hand on Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's razor-sharp hit-man-in-rehab comedy.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Who knew there was such a high burnout rate in hit men? And who knew they suffered from so many varieties of treatable neuroses? And who knew they were such amusing guys?
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
This is the kind of film that defies pigeonholing...
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Eventually it's just too much of a bad thing -- and only leaves you wondering why you began it at all.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Leave it to John Dahl to helm a movie in which swearing off booze is more laudable than forsaking your job as a hit man.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
Dahl, greatly assisted by the eye-catching work of vet cinematographer Jeffrey Jur, has crafted a stylish-looking piece but, unfortunately, can't keep up the movie's initial spirited pace.
Gary Goldstein - Reel.com
Dahl's strengths are rock-bottom irony, sleazy suspense and deadly surprises.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
...Dahl gets back to that loosey goosey sweet spot that has evaded him for so long.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
John Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank managed to pull this sort of material off, but that had the distinct advantage of starring, well, John Cusack.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
One of those quirky little movies that thinks it is much smarter than it actually is. For a fine Kingsley fix, rent 'Sexy Beast' instead.
Pete Hammond - Maxim