Killing Them Softly
A short and not-so-sweet review of Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly.
Published on December 4, 2012 | Filed under Review

There are 2 things I can say regarding my numerous years as a cinema patron: I have never walked out of a film, and I have never fallen asleep in a theater.

Killing Them Softly nearly stole those accomplishments away from me like a thief in the night.

It would take a lot for me to label a film as “bad.” And I won’t say this film is a bad one. I will say I didn’t like it. I’ll also say it’s heavy handed and self-important in its relentless use of George W. Bush speeches and Obama campaign footage.

Something else I’ll say is that it may not be quite clever enough–or have interesting enough characters–to be 93 minutes of pure dialogue. I can say that every actor in this movie was better than the material. I can say, without a doubt, that I understood this movie, and what it was trying to accomplish, and I still didn’t like it.

Killing Them Softly may have an audience. In fact, as a film lover, I hope it does. I am just not it.


Christine enjoys obsessing over Paracinema magazine. She also loves well written hour long TV dramas. Her free time is spent with her many boyfriends: Brian De Palma, Edgar Wright & Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Labsplice

    It’s ironic – whenever a critic I really like talks about how much they flat-out hated a movie, it makes me MORE likely to see it. Now I have to see the movie that nearly broke Christine’s Cal Ripken-esque Ironman streak!