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: November 30, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Critic Score: 74% 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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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

That scheme is clearly visible though not particularly remarkable.

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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.

J. Olson

Never before has such a simple story with so few players been so deliberately hard to follow.

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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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Ray Pride

This physical world is malleable, the means to disconcerting loveliness and expressive power... all under cover as a political parable in the form of an urgent, restless gangster picture. Rain falls, words tumble, violence erupts. Lyricism ensues.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An extremely tense and brutal thriller that makes an intelligent comparison between the mafia and the American economic system, even though the analogy is also… More
xGary Xx
Two small time ex-cons stick up a card game frequented by organized criminals and find themselves targeted by a mob enforcer who is brought in to investigate… More
Phil Hubbs
With a cast of stars including Pitt, Gandolfini and Liotta and based on a crime novel involving the mafia, hits and heists you would expect this to be… More
Eric Alvarez
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
Jens S.
A quiet, slow and dark crime thriller about a robbery and the consequences. The cast is well picked and delivers the realistic, sometimes pretty funny and… More
Daniel Perry
It's not as gritty as Scorsese, nor pretty as Tarantino, but it does feature some excellent conversations between Brad Pitt and (1) Richard Jenkins and (2)… More