Killer Joe Synopsis
A young man puts out a hit on his evil mother to collect her life insurance.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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WARNING: Not for everyone and adults only

By rangermaj72
This movie is like watching a super cell (storm) bearing down on a rustic collection of inhabited rural huts. No matter how unspeakable the outcome is bound to be, one knows from the opening scenes...

Good tragicomedy!

By Pattyquin
It has a very sadistic humor, you don't know if you should close your eyes on those shocking scenes or laugh until death at the same moment. But at the end, I really liked it!...

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By alohajill
The worst movie I have ever seen! And to rate it as a comedy? What a sick joke! Lost all respect for Matthew. Took my friend for his birthday thinking it would something to laugh at and we were all...

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By mimi28
I understant the art of dark comedy. This film fails at it because it is filled with degradation and abuse of women. Among other things. I am sorry I saw it. It ruined my week end. Whatever...

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By robert.sigler
From a couple of seriors: Was totally unprepared for this. Described as a "comedy/drama", I thought it might be fun. In some circles Killer Joe may be considered art. My wife and I considered...

Killer Joe should be killed

By kim1040
This was absolutely the worst movie I have seen in a long time. The description left out foul language, nudity, crudity, pedophilia, domestic violence, violence......Total waste of money and time....

Its a hoot!!!

By windinthewillow
I am not a huge Matthew McConaughey fan, but he is perfect in this movie. If you like Pulp Fiction, Fargo, or any of those types of movie, you will love this one. If you have trailer trash in your...

Better as a stage play

By jburlinson
I was lucky enough to see a local production of the stage play and Killer Joe worked a lot better in that medium. Opening the action up out of the trailer dissipated some of the squalid comedy. ...

Raw And Violent But A Worthwhile Film.

By Alon Patterson
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding this film and its having received an NC17 rating. Frankly, I see hundreds of movies in theaters annually all around the world. It's what I do. I...

Hot afternoon, poor movie

By Normcal
The worst movie ever. The theme, buried in the pile, was stupid, the scenes nonsensical. Go buy a Hustler if you want pictures. Thanks to the theater on Senior day as I only wasted 4.50....

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Rated NC-17 | For Graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality