Killing Me Softly
Killing Me Softly (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
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Consensus: Respected director Chen Kaige's first English-language film is a spectacularly misguided erotic thriller, with ludicrous plot twists and cringe-worthy dialogue.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Robert Pardi
TV Guide

Why, you might ask, is master director Chen Kaige wasting his time on such trashy material?

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David Rooney

A turgid erotic thriller that plays like Zalman King-meets-vintage Brian De Palma without the latter's wit or style.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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.

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Urban Cinefile

What a disappointing waste of good talent!

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Time Out

Inane and shopworn material with a truly cheesy final twist, this is made excruciating by direction that takes it all deadly seriously.

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Total Film

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.

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Empire Magazine

A hilariously bad movie that has to be seen to be believed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Sarah Gaish
Utter trash but I somehow managed to gte through this because I focussed on how lovely Joesph Fiennes looks in this film ^_^ However, it's poorly… More
Leo L
This is an interesting movie with Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. A bit on the surprising side, but the story plot was intriguing.
Dann Michalski
Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes star in the erotic psychological thriller Killing Me Softly. Based on a bestselling novel, a woman has a chance encounter… More
Daisy Maduro
Well, I had to review this film like this, whether the plot was the most sophisticated thriller, or whether the love scenes were copied from another film it was… More