The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Credit goes to the actors (especially Gershon) for giving almost as good as they get in seriously demanding roles, and to Friedkin for having what it takes – guts, chops and a refreshing lack of artistic caution – to bring things thundering home.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A likeably unpleasant slice of adults-only Texas noir, which aims at the funnybone as much as the jugular.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even when the film goes too far over the top to be saved, McConaughey mesmerizes.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The hardest thing to describe is tone, but it's the thing that most sets Killer Joe apart and makes it one of the most interesting and satisfying movies of the year so far.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Killer Joe is twisted pulp, and the actors chew on it bravely, boldly, and with varying degrees of success.
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By Michelle Orange
In its own way and to its own detriment, William Friedkin's splattery, southern gothic return to the screen seeks to amuse as well as shake and stir.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Killer Joe throws down a dare by expecting its audience to be the cool connoisseurs of the story's "comic" outrageousness, then rubbing viewers' faces in close-up scenes of brutality that reasonable people ought not to be able to watch. That up-close experience, however effectively done, is a movie specialty that's its own kind of mean.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The bone-crunchingly violent film has luridly entertaining moments. But by its resolution, this sleazy Southern Gothic nightmare has simply gone off the rails.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
What's most notable about this aggressively cynical project is how much talent it wastes.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Killer Joe is, at bottom - and I mean bottom - ugly and vile, not to mention dumb and clumsy.
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62 out of 100
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