Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 2, 2012
    The action and dialogue find the same squalid level in time for the climactic scene, the cruel humiliation of a central character. That's when sensitive viewers should do what the bloody-minded Joe could never imagine: Walk away from the mess he has made.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 26, 2012
    What's most notable about this aggressively cynical project is how much talent it wastes.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 27, 2012
    A sleazy and pointless film about sleazy and pointless people, Killer Joe reminds us that what Quentin Tarantino does isn't easy.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 26, 2012
    Killer Joe is, at bottom - and I mean bottom - ugly and vile, not to mention dumb and clumsy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Nov 16, 2012
    This is real film noir--not the private eye low key lighting kind but a real dip in the nasty stew of human greed and concupiscence. Hence, not for everyone. The actors are wonderful at revealing how naivete can turn amoral and good manners mask perversity and violence--and all regarded as part of the human comedy.. The cast is pitch perfect. A special cheer for McConaughey and for Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch. Full Review »
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    One messed up movie I give you that. The plot is rather shallow and the cast isn't that good. Only thing that really saves the film is McConaughey's strong performance. Still worth giving a chance though. Full Review »
  3. BKM
    Feb 25, 2013
    Perhaps the greatest quality of Killer Joe is that it never pretends to be anything more than a wickedly deranged and entertaining piece of trash. Freed from the obligation to make any sort of artistic statement, Friedkin delivers the goods and coaxes stellar performances from his cast; particularly McConaughey and Church. It's definitely not for everyone, but it never tries to be. Full Review »