The Killer Inside Me
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The second feature-length adaptation of author Jim Thompson's acclaimed 1952 crime novel, Michael Winterbottom's unflinching, psychosexual post-noir stars Casey Affleck as Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, a stoic small-town lawman leading a secret life as a serial killer. His West Texas jurisdiction plagued by a series of unsolved murders, Deputy Sheriff Ford does his best to maintain a cool facade while working to deflect the suspicions of the locals. When those suspicions grow too strong to ignore, the psychotic sheriff begins to buckle under the pressure. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This adaptation of Thompson's 1952 novel about a cunning, psychotic sheriff's deputy in a small Texas town locates the killer inside him and immerses us in the cold calculation and horrible logic that pull him from one murder to the next."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As for the misogynist brutality, it is indeed depraved, made more so by the fact that its female victims are depicted as loving their abuse right up until it turns murderous."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The heralded "violent" scene practically screams "We need domestic distribution!" I don't think anyone in this movie actually likes this movie."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Affleck is great here."
‑ Dave White,
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"What a crock."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The question of Winterbottom's intent here isn't easily answered, but the power of his abuse scenes is undeniable."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The end result is an overlong adaptation that primarily comes off as a complete and total misfire..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An excellent film which takes some big, brave steps in the crime genre..."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Casey Affleck delivers a chilling performance as a sociopathic deputy sheriff whose charming veneer shatters as we're introduced to his taste for violence of both the straight-up and sexual kinds."
‑ Steve Newall,
"Little, however, can save The Killer Inside Me from its worst impulses, its reveling in brute violence that makes it hard to watch and nearly impossible to admire, even though it's carefully crafted."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"To his credit, Affleck avoids making Lou suggest a reboot of Robert. He's pushy and cowardly, but in a more calculating way, and he's sadistically sexual in a way that Robert never was."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The Film Critic Inside Me ..."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Jim Thompson's 1952 novel upon which this is based was supposedly unfilmable: perhaps that was the correct assessment."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"[Affleck's] commitment to such a vile character, even in spite of Winterbottom's occasionally questionable direction, displays a fearlessness that is rarely seen in cinema today."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
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