The Killer Inside Me
The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Based on the novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, "The Killer Inside Me" tells the story of handsome, charming, unassuming small-town deputy sheriff Lou Ford, who has a bunch of problems. Women problems. Law-enforcement… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 18, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Killer Inside Me is stylish and beautifully shot, but Michael Winterbottom's distance from his characters robs this often brutally violent film of crucial emotional context.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

I found the novel more interesting than the film, which is a torturous, drawn-out affair.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

What a crock.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The question of Winterbottom's intent here isn't easily answered, but the power of his abuse scenes is undeniable.

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Will Leitch

The heralded "violent" scene practically screams "We need domestic distribution!" I don't think anyone in this movie actually likes this movie.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The end result is an overlong adaptation that primarily comes off as a complete and total misfire...

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An intriguing film that really surprised me, taking a look at the mind of a psychopath while wisely avoiding easy reasons for his disorder, and the brutal,… More
Chris Weber
This is the first film from Michael Winterbottom that I've seen, so I will have to just judge it on its own merits and won't be able to see how it… More
Clintus Maximus
"You don't fit the bill as a killer," newspaper man Joe Rothman (Elias Koteas) says to Lou, Casey Affleck's character. This severe… More
Reid Volk
Weary of its graphic depiction of violence that it has become renowned for, I avoided sitting down with this film for quite a while. However, I found Michael… More
Melvin White
Lou Ford: I got a foot on both sides of the fence. They were put there early and they stayed put. I can't move. I can't jump. All I can do is wait… More
Cynthia S.
Ok. That was one crazy movie. I had to put subtitles on just to understand what the heck Casey Affleck was saying. The violence in this movie was far more… More