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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 197
- Fresh: 163
- Rotten: 34
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.
Fresh: This is one of the best times I've had at the movies in years.
Fresh: Enormously entertaining, endlessly quotable, perfectly cast and packed full of the richest acting you'll see from an ensemble cast all year, but the result is ever so slightly hollow.
Rotten: The bloody tale of a blocked scriptwriter and a bunch of gangsters is fun to watch (mostly), yet the bold twists and turns of its playful narrative seem to serve no greater purpose other than its own cleverness.
A PSYCHOTIC COMEDY WITH A DARK SENSE OF HUMOR
In this day and age, it's pretty rare when an original film comes along that manages to both genuinely entertain and surprise you at each turn. Such is the case with "Seven Psychopaths", one of the most underrated and unabashedly absurd movies of 2012. In equal parts an intense crime drama and a goofy surrealist comedy, this flick slowly draws you in with its densely layered screenplay and unbelievably charismatic cast, only to build up to a finale so ridiculous and over-the-top, the only thing you can do is sit back and stare in awe. And man, did I have such a fun time with it. First off, I've gotta talk about the cast since they're the best thing about the film by far. Colin Farrell does a surprisingly solid job playing the lead character, a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay (the name is the title of this flick), but can't seem to find the focus and inspiration needed to do so. Woody Harrelson also gives a memorable knockout performance as the bad guy, a psychopathic gangster whose beloved pet dog the main characters have mistakenly stolen. But without a doubt, it's Sam Rockwell and the incredible Christopher Walken who end up stealing the spotlight here. Rockwell is especially entertaining as Billy, the unpredictable, loose-cannon best friend of Charlie (Farrell). Not only does he deliver some of the crudest, funniest lines in the movie, but his character is also the most strangely sympathetic out of everyone, despite the fact that he's an insane sociopath. As for Walken, I'd be lying if I said he wasn't the only actor that made me laugh the hardest and most often. Just the way he nonchalantly spurts out absurd dialogue with a completely straight face is enough to crack me up every single time. Along with a creepy supporting performance from Tom Waits, this outstanding ensemble cast benefits from some of the sharpest comedic chemistry I've seen in a long time. With that said, there are just a few issues I have with this flick, such as the distracting shifts in tone and lack of direction in some scenes. Plus, the screenplay does have a slight tendency to drag at times. But I digress. At the end of the day, I had a great time watching "Seven Psychopaths". It can be brutally funny and genuinely clever while also throwing as much over-the-top bloodshed onto the screen as possible. Plus, the fact that this movie goes from a simple story about a bunch of psychopaths kidnapping dogs for extra cash into something as ridiculous as a deliriously violent showdown in the middle of the desert makes it that much more viciously entertaining and unpredictable. If you're a fan of thematically dark comedies like "In Bruges" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", you'll probably enjoy this film as much as I did. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you have an extremely morbid sense of humor and an appreciation for stylized violence, "Seven Psychopaths" is well worth your time.
good olde fun
It's a shame when movies such as Seven Psychopaths do not gain their deserved recognition. This is by far the most original film I have seen in 2012 and will remain a favorite as the years go on. I see this film becoming a cult classic due to it's snappy dialogue, charismatic characters, and multiple "layers".
I mistakenly watched this movie. I found it to be one of he worst movies I've watched in a long time.
A total waste of my time
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
- © 2012 Blueprint Pictures (Seven) Limited, Film4 and The British Film Institute. All Rights Reserved.
- Seven Psychopaths (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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