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Killer Joe (Unrated Director's Cut)

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William Friedkin

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About the Movie

"Killer" Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hit man with the charm of a Southern gentleman. Chris (Emile Hirsch) hires Joe to kill his mother, in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. When Chris is unable to pay for the service up front, Joe takes Chris's sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a retainer until he can be paid.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 161
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Out of the muck and mire of human depravity that is "Killer Joe," something magnificent comes: a killer performance by Matthew McConaughey. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Aug 2, 2012

Rotten: That everything should go wrong is no surprise, but the wrong turns are taken so viciously -- Gershon, in particular, is appallingly treated, in closeup -- that they lead the film, adapted from the play by Tracy Letts, to the brink of abusive farce. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Aug 6, 2012

Fresh: It's as mean as a snake. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 9, 2012

Fresh: A gleeful and unapologetic descent into delicious decadence, Killer Joe is proud of what it is and never tries to be something it isn't. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Aug 9, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Two Drumsticks Up, Way UP

You may never eat at KFC again after watching, and that may not be a bad thing. I was pulled into this film from the start and it didn't let go. And while intense performances by the lead actors should make this an instant classic, Thomas Hayden Church's "beard" may just be the star of the film. Check it out.

Do not watch ---this is garbage

This is just one step above a low budget porno with a script about trailer trash and violence. There is no reason for this movie to exist...I only wish I could get my money back!

Bad, Bad and Bad

Unbelievable Rotten Tomatoes! You should be ashamed of yourselves for rating this movie as you have. Terrible acting, I kept waiting for the movie to reveal itself, waiting for "fresh", waiting for the 77%… what a disappointment. It doesn't get any better… it gets worse the more you watch.

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