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Review of reviews: Killing Them Softly

What we said, and they said, about Andrew Dominik's Brad Pitt-starring hitman drama

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Review of reviews: Killing Them Softly

We said
‘A variable beast [it] initially impresses with its audacious cinematography. However most of the film relies on dialogue-heavy sequences that aren’t quite witty or insightful enough to keep up the momentum.’ The List

They said
‘It is outstandingly watchable, superbly and casually pessimistic, a world of slot-mouthed professional and semi-professional criminals always complaining about cleaning up the mess made by other screwups.’ The Guardian

’You’d be right to expect Oz writer/director Andrew Dominik and producer/star Brad Pitt to unfurl another great US epic. But weirdly, crime drama Killing Them Softly turns out to be a sawn-off oddity.’ Total Film

‘This is a cracking piece of storytelling, with a restrained balance of laidback chat and canny visual outbursts, and a delicious thread of gallows humour running through it.’ Time Out

On general release 21 Sep.

Killing Them Softly - Official Trailer (HD)

Killing Them Softly

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrew Dominik
  • Written by: George V. Higgins (novel), Andrew Dominik (screenplay)
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

The director of Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James returns with a bleakly humourous gangster flick offering a commentary on modern day moral bankruptcy. It's got some audacious cinematography but is let down by some dialogue-heavy sequences that aren’t quite witty or insightful enough to keep up the momentum…

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