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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Murder is just another day at the office for corporate America, and the film hammers that theme home with diminishing returns. But the acting is aces, especially Pitt mixing it up with the superb James Gandolfini. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Brad Pitt is in ecstasy here, despite the cool demeanor throughout. This is an actor who is never better and never happier than when he gets to be seedy, slick his hair back and wear a leather jacket. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    There's nothing touchy-feely about Killing Them Softly, a stylish thriller worth seeing -- despite its relentless violence -- for its sharp dialogue, mesmerizing photography and gritty performances. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. And then it lets its ghosts go, whacking and thwacking away. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    While McNairy and Mendelsohn are solid but almost too showy, Liotta, Jenkins, Sam Shepard and a chewy supporting cast beautifully fill in the blanks. Killing Them Softly adds each of its characters to a punchy, prosaic tale that believes in America, one way or another. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne'er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom. show more

  • 70
    Movieline

    If gangsterism is just capitalism in a more raw form, then Jackie is the creature best suited for this world. He knows the rules and enforces them without prejudice, because it's just business and this is just a job. Killing Them Softly doesn't give that idea its intended sting. show more

  • 80
    NPR

    Killing Them Softly has more unruly energy, and less art-house pretension, than "The Assassination of Jesse James." Its disreputability does come with a faintly arty sheen sprayed on - the picture could be a little grubbier, but let's not split hairs, especially such nice, greasy ones. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A bleakly comic, brutally Darwinian gangland saga that at times comes close to being this year's "Drive." It also does something that, if you're from around these parts, seems downright perverse. It takes the Boston out of George V. Higgins. show more

  • September 01, 2013 fag000000000000t
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    Terrible film. Oh my, I forgot to introduce myself. I\'m a lonely, pathetic useless internet troll who spends his time making a bunch of accounts with like 10 zeros in the username (see below). I like to rate films 1 star because thats the highest number I can count to, because I\'m a retard. Anyways, I\'m about to commit suicide because nobody likes me except my pet goldfish.

  • July 04, 2013 revasophia
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    I likethat Brad Pitt makes movies with a message and \"I get it\"

  • June 17, 2013 pam
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    long conversations,extremely boring

  • April 10, 2013 mj00000000144264
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    Horrible movie, would not recommend watching.

  • April 06, 2013 zz00000000082011
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was at least colorful... This is not long... only drawn out. Wow... these conversations could take place on public toilets that have not stalls....

  • April 01, 2013 fh00000000142599
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    The only reason I can imagine that Brad Pitt did this movie is because they let him direct it. It is simply awful! Don\'t waste your time.

  • March 31, 2013 scheningab
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    Worst movie we\'ve ever seen. The writing is terrible. There are 5 minute conversations about whether the waiter brought the right drink or not. Viewers don\'t want to watch long boring conversations that they wouldn\'t put up with in real life, much less put up with in a move they paid good money to have entertain them. Don\'******* this movie. It is a waste of 97 minutes of your life. This review was better written than the movie.

  • December 26, 2012 GJB
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    Am big Tony Soprano fan and almost always enjoy the pithy Pitt. Was very disappointed when I had to walk out in first 30 minutes, because my party was so turned off by the absolutely filthy language, which was carried to needless excess. Never even saw Pitt or Gando. Only thought, as I got my money back, was \"Man, has Pitt really sunk this low!\"

  • December 19, 2012 Richard
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    Story isn\'t original but some great action and fast moving. If you\'re shy about going to R rated movies, don\'t see this one. It is too close to organized mob reality.

  • December 19, 2012 df00000000133208
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    This movie is just crap ! No enjoyment with this senseless piece of junk. Why Brad can\'t you read ??

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