Killing Them Softly Synopsis
A hit man (Brad Pitt) is brought in to kill the bumbling thieves who robbed a mob-run poker game.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne'er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Killing them Softly is a lurid and nasty little nihilistic hitman noir, with an ingenuity that sneaks up on you.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Jolting, suspenseful, full of twisted sympathy for its goons' row of characters, and wickedly amusing to boot, Killing Them Softly summons...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A bleakly comic, brutally Darwinian gangland saga that at times comes close to being this year's "Drive." It also does something that, if...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Brad Pitt is in ecstasy here, despite the cool demeanor throughout. This is an actor who is never better and never happier than when he...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Murder is just another day at the office for corporate America, and the film hammers that theme home with diminishing returns. But the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There's nothing touchy-feely about Killing Them Softly, a stylish thriller worth seeing -- despite its relentless violence -- for its sharp...
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If gangsterism is just capitalism in a more raw form, then Jackie is the creature best suited for this world. He knows the rules and...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While McNairy and Mendelsohn are solid but almost too showy, Liotta, Jenkins, Sam Shepard and a chewy supporting cast beautifully fill in...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film, for all its visual felicities, comes to life only sporadically.
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By Blue_Dog
Shoot'em up Tarantino knock-off bloody urban gangster film is inter-spliced with video and audio from the 2008 banking crisis to make a metaphorical statement about the soullessness and money...

Killing them softly

By Moore_JamesIII
Very good movie. Very Tarantini-ish in that the violence is plentiful and graphic. A no-nonsense hit man movie. The director whose name I can't recall is a bit of a political cynic, but I tend to...

A waste of time, machinery and film

By lotajoy
I dont think I have ever seen a worst film. Impressions are given that it is a mob shoot em up movie and it turns out to be a political diatribe of Bush, the Obama campaign (always on a radio or TV...

Vey bad movie

By johnson2719
Under no circumstances pay to see this movie. Acting is good but it another movie trying to make a politcal statement. Make sure you ask the usher to wake you up at the end of the movie. I want my...

Tarantino alike but on steroids *HORRIBLE*

By fastaccess2004
This movie reminded me of mom and aunt conversations but stretched over 2 1/2 hours. It took 5 minutes of film to show someone getting shot. Slow motion shooting, flashing screens that do not make...

Softly Putting Them To Sleep

By MedRed
The Good: The art direction is amazing. Between it and the great acting, you believe everything put forth on the screen. I could literally smell the filth and dog poop on Russell. His perpetual sweat...

Liked it

By leoncia73
My husband and I enjoyed the film, it seems slow at times, but suddenly something happens, we saw it a a dark comedy sometimes, but also a good critic to our society, if you go, it is worthy to watch...

Don't Bother

By VegasBluebird
No way to put a good spin on it - "Killing Them Softly" is just plain bad. Pretentious and dull, this movie thinks it is far better than it is. Not sure why the critics are raving about it. About...

It's About Killing, Leave Your Emotions at Home

By pedsarq
Brad Pitt plays a sentimental killer who can't off anyone he knows. Those he doesn't know, he likes to kill from a distance, when they least expect it, which he refers to as killing them "softly". ...


By aallmand76
I saw the previews and it said it was a thriller and Brad Pitt had a Oscar nominated performance. The movie was so boring and a total waste of time and money. Brad Pitt didn't even appear until the...

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Rated R | For Violence, sexual references, pervasive language and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Brad Pitt is magnetic in smart, cynical, bloody crime movie.
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