Easy Money: Hard to Kill
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thin, intense and yet somehow cool, Kinnaman is on his way to stardom, and it's easy to see how these movies gave him lift off. This is a tough, crackling crime story, well-executed and tense throughout."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Though "Hard to Kill" forges new ground on the rich character histories developed in the first film, they feel like a random trio assigned the same punishment whose lives eventually intersect - and as such, the emotional moments never land."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"Babak Najafi's film weaves together all these threads, crafting a desperate narrative with violence as the inevitable outcome."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"...Easy Money: Hard To Kill does what sequels should-it widens the thematic playing area of the tale told so far, even while thinning out the cast further, and it makes us look forward, with only slightly tempered expectations, to installment 3."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"Its combination of grit and fatalism won't be to all tastes, but it's a refreshing alternative to the bigger-is-way-better swamp in which most Hollywood crime movies are mired."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"A deep pool of underworld characters and a focus on multicultural tensions in Stockholm lend crime drama some added interest in "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" ..."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"Najafi stages action scenes with an intense, queasy beauty and elevates what is in its outlines a routine crime drama to near-operatic proportions ..."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The picture isn't radically inventive; [but] it's taut and vivid. The grimy window it opens onto a desperate, dangerous lifestyle makes viewers feel like accomplices."
‑ Chris Klimek, The Dissolve
"Given the substance that was already inherent in the material, it seems wasteful for the filmmakers to discard it for the sake of one more guns-cocked standoff."
‑ Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"'Hard to Kill' lacks the minimal personality that director Daniel Espinosa brought to the first. [...] This is mostly spinning plates, as well as spinning wheels."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Because JW isn't the strutting, duplicitous peacock he was in the first movie, the role isn't as rewarding this time out."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"How many times do these guys need to hear that crime doesn't pay?"
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"[S]uffers by comparison [to the original]... How Kinnaman plays JW's devastation, as seething, mounting rage, is the best thing about [it]."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Easy Money: Hard To Kill is a safe follow-up for fans of the original, bringing back familiar characters while mirroring the same thrilling tone."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"Much like the original film, there's genuine emotion mixed in with the carnage, always concentrating on the internalized rumble of the participants as they face a grim future."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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