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When 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash of drugs stolen from him by his mother, he has to come up with six-thousand dollars quick, or he's dead. Desperate, he goes to the trailer-park to see his father, Ansel (Hayden Church), and he lays out the plan. Chris's mother, who everyone hates, has a life insurance policy that would clear up his debt and make them all rich. The problem is that Chris' mother is very much alive. Enter Detective "Killer" Joe Cooper, a hired hit man with the manners of a Southern gentleman, who will do the job - for an upfront fee,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"If you like your movies filled with twisted humor, sexual perversion, psychological intimidation and sudden violence, "Killer Joe" is the flick for you."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Friedkin] has retained his touch ... all these years later. And in Matthew McConaughey, he has the perfect vehicle for madness."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Killer Joe is trash. Not bad trash. Not pretentious trash. Just plain old ugly, funny, and sophisticated trash."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"This Southern-fried, darkly humorous trailer-trash exploitation crime noir revels in the greedy characters' idiocy and the deranged story's psychosexual luridness."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"McConaughey is making an emphatic statement that 2012 is going to be his renaissance. And not even a turkey like "Killer Joe" is going to get in his way."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Watching "Killer Joe" to the bitter end is like playing the Pick 6 lottery and getting three of the numbers right. You don't win anything, but you still think you're smarter than all those other idiots."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"You end up feeling sorry for all the actors forced to humiliate themselves, except for McConaughey, whose portrayal of sadistic, manipulative evil is mesmerizing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The tone in Killer Joe feels so expertly and delicately crafted that we only laugh at the film's absurd scenarios if and when the filmmaker permits it so."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"An intriguing (and sometimes off-putting) cinematic creation featuring Matthew McConaughey in one of his best performances."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Friedkin, Letts and the entire cast barrel ahead through incredibly strange, dark territory, never looking back to see if the audience is keeping up. But those who do won't regret it."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"You will either love "Killer Joe" or run away screaming. I absorbed this NC-17 nail bomb with awestruck admiration."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie frequently clicks as a sendup of over-the-top film-noir storytelling."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Violent, coarse, perverted, and sickly hilarious, this is highly recommend for those who like their entertainment on the nasty, demented tip."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The movie is gross and smutty: It is having so much fun portraying terrible people doing terrible things to one another that it has no interest in pausing to think about what any of this means. Thankfully."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"McConaughey is funny and fearsome in the title role, the devil holding the family accountable for their choices."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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