Killing Me Softly
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The director of such highly regarded films as Yellow Earth (1984) and Farewell, My Concubine (1993), Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige makes his English-language debut with this erotic thriller adapted from the novel by Nicci French. Alice (Heather Graham) is an American Web designer living in Illinois who falls for a ruggedly handsome mountain climber named Adam (Joseph Fiennes). Bored with her dull love live, sparks begin to fly when Alice and Adam have a chance meeting at a stoplight, and it isn't long before the couple are living together and Adam proposes. With their heated romance taking… More

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"As Graham attempts to uncover the truth about his past, the film grows increasingly convoluted, leading to a twist ending that will come as a surprise only to those who've never seen a Shannon Tweed movie."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"What a great shame that such a talented director as Chen Kaige has chosen to make his English-language debut with a film so poorly plotted and scripted."
‑ Mark Adams, Hollywood Reporter
"Why, you might ask, is master director Chen Kaige wasting his time on such trashy material?"
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's pretty campy-silly, but it's surprisingly watchable for some reason, maybe because of the name-brand actors sleazing it in this Skinemax would-be classic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Turkeys don't come plumper than this."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A turgid erotic thriller that plays like Zalman King-meets-vintage Brian De Palma without the latter's wit or style."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Killing Me Softly lingers under the delusion that it's Hitchcock remade for a more permissive era, rather than Cinemax fare with pretensions to art."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"What a disappointing waste of good talent!"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Though its rather routine script is loaded with familiar situations, the movie has a cinematic fluidity and sense of intelligence that makes it work more than it probably should."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Fails so fundamentally on every conventional level that it achieves some kind of goofy grandeur."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Inane and shopworn material with a truly cheesy final twist, this is made excruciating by direction that takes it all deadly seriously."
‑ , Time Out
"The screenplay (based on Nicci French's novel) is cringeworthy, and Kaige's inability to spot when English-speaking thesps are reciting rather than acting produces scenes that vary from lifeless to laughable."
‑ , Total Film
"A hilariously bad movie that has to be seen to be believed."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Spectacularly awful film that's actually funnier than many so-called comedies."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A risible drama, torpedoed by lifeless performances, a muddled screenplay and anonymous direction."
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