Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly (2012)

Three dumb guys who think they're smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Killing Them Softly is a darkly comic, visceral thriller that doubles as a cautionary tale on capitalism, whose message is delivered with sledgehammer force.

Richard Roeper

'Killing Them Softly' collapses under the crushing weight of the director's narcissism.

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Justin Chang

Trading in pleasures of a deliberately rarefied sort, writer-director Andrew Dominik's talky, character-rich genre piece largely short-circuits thrills to sketch a grimly funny portrait of thugs taking care of business, in every rotten sense of the word.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

With such a strong cast, it's hard to imagine how things went so wrong.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

The anvils of obviousness rain down so hard and fast in New Zealand-born/Australian-based director Andrew Dominik's meditation on low-rent crime and American decline, that it might as well be a Coyote-Road Runner cartoon

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Ultimately, as crafted as Killing Them Softly is, it's less satisfying than either The Sopranos or Goodfellas. Still, Dominik and his cast cruise some very mean streets indeed.

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

f you find Dominik's unsubtle political statements too obvious, there is still plenty else going on in Killing Them Softly to marvel at with its familiar, and yet fresh, genre elements.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Like its source material, the movie is stylish, profane, intelligent, and eminently diverting. But as much as it is a delight that Dominik has disinterred Higgins's work, it is a mild disappointment that the result is not more substantial.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The dialogue is sharp and so are the performances. Andrew Dominik directed this neo-noir in a low-key comic style that's alternately gritty and fancy. The gritty stuff is best.

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Eric D. Snider

Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement.

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With the arsenal of stars in this movie you would think it would be a homerun, well it's not. Something was off about it, I think it was the lack of… More
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A very stylish crime tale that carries a political message along with it. It's very brutal and graphic at times with a very gritty feel to the whole film.… More
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