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John Dahl's mob comedy You Kill Me stars Ben Kingsley as Frank Falenczyk, an alcoholic mob hitman who is ordered into AA by his boss (Philip Baker Hall). In order to clean up, he goes to San Francisco and successfully starts 12-stepping with the help of his sponsor (Luke Wilson). Eventually Frank gets a job at a mortuary, where he falls in love with Laurel (Téa Leoni). Soon his new existence is threatened when people from his old life start showing up. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"An unpredictable, enjoyable mob comedy."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A sweet black comedy about a professional killer from Buffalo whose gangster uncle makes him join Alcoholics Anonymous in San Francisco, falls in love with a down to earth saleswoman and cleans up his act so he can be a neater killer."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Ben Kingsley brings a batty, basilisk wit to You Kill Me, a black comedy about a dipsomaniacal hitman."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A fitfully amusing black comedy about an alcoholic assassin, its well-drawn characters drown in a generic gangster plot and a painfully low budget."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"A lot more clever than it initially appears."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A strong performance by the reliable Kingsley, and a tartly sweet one from Leoni, keeps You Kill Me from turning into the bad joke the title implies."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Kingsley seems to be sleepwalking through the entire movie, in a faux-understated performance"
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"Kingsley shows a surprising talent for deadpan comic delivery."
‑ , Sun Online
"An uneven black comedy-thriller that's nonetheless worth catching for Téa Leoni's bracingly sharp performance and the inspired idea of putting hitman Ben Kingsley into AA. Just focus on the well-etched characters and don't worry too much about the plot."
‑ Tom Charity, Total Film
"One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Where Dahl succeeds is in transforming two essentially tired characters into fully fleshed-out human beings who fall in love."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Domesticating the mobster within society has become almost a commonplace, thanks to The Sopranos, but Kingsley's tight-lipped gruffness gives a lift to the mordant ironies of the script."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A great cast and a great script make this a surprising recommendation as a first date movie."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"The opening six-minute shot of dawn breaking over a rural landscape is worth the price of admission alone. Stunning."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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