Killing Them Softly
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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 Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. -- (C) Weinstein
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"'Killing Them Softly' collapses under the crushing weight of the director's narcissism."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Ain't nothin' new about it, but it's a cool 97 minutes of seedy amusement."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Andrew Dominik's follow-up to 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' too often fails to engage with its uneven mix of guns and gab."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Complex and problematic in a rather wonderful way, Killing Them Softly has flaws more interesting than some film's perfections."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Dominik wears his nihilism as a badge, but that's not what it is at all: It's a crutch, and an awfully flimsy one."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is a potent and miraculously-shot film that captures America's recent financial collapse through a criminal lens."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"Brad Pitt excels amongst an incredible ensemble cast in this gritty crime thriller."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"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."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Dominik ... expertly captures the flavor of his Higgins source material."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"It's a middling gangster film, but belabored with too much Sturm und Drang, particularly in banging over the audience's head the constant reminders of the fiscal cliff."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"A noir-ish crime drama with a brain, and despite its flaws and inconsistencies, a film worth seeing. Dominik remains a filmmaker to watch."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"There are many cinematic cardinal sins, but the latest film from Aussie director Andrew Dominik commits two of the big ones - Don't Be Boring and Don't Waste A Great Cast."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
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