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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    Killing Season is like the Saturday morning cartoon version of a terrible movie: still bad, but at least colorful enough to go down easy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 11, 2013
    42
    With casting this unconvincing, no one is watching to get a lesson in the horrors of war.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 12, 2013
    42
    Director Mark Steven Johnson can’t seem to balance a tone here, which is a pity because for the most part he stands back and lets the two stars go at each other.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 11, 2013
    25
    Mark Steven Johnson's Killing Season is a hard movie to take seriously, which is particularly unfortunate since it deals with such weighty issues as genocide, the ethical compromises that everyone makes in combat, and the lingering effects of wartime decisions on participants years down the line.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 11, 2013
    20
    The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called Killing Season has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 11, 2013
    20
    Travolta, who was more believable as a middle-aged housewife in “Hairspray” than he is as a former Serbian commando, has the accent down pat. But his Boris-and-Natasha-style syntax seems to represent Killing Season best. Just imagine that voice saying: Dees ees very seelly movie. Catch on cable TV, please.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 11, 2013
    12
    De Niro mostly looks miserable and very tired (a document glimpsed on-screen hilariously claims his character was born in 1970) and prattles on endlessly about forgetting the past.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Sep 11, 2013
    5
    I'm not sure how to put this in words but it felt like there were too many times when one of the characters managed to escape certain deathI'm not sure how to put this in words but it felt like there were too many times when one of the characters managed to escape certain death only because of stupidity on the other guys part. I was really hoping for a good game of cat mouse where they actually outsmart eachother, instead the cat just keeps releasing the mouse and tables are turned every time. Definitely not going to get any Oscar nominations, but worth a watch if you are bored. Just pirate it, even though I was disappointed I didn't feel like I was cheated out of 90 minutes. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    4
    The Killing Season was one of those movies that you're not quite sure how it gets made. Who comes up with the idea of having John TravoltaThe Killing Season was one of those movies that you're not quite sure how it gets made. Who comes up with the idea of having John Travolta play a Serbian and have a battle with Robert De Niro? Honestly, it actually wasn't that bad of an idea but it was just such a slow movie that it made it difficult to watch at times. If this film was any longer I might've fallen asleep. Some of the plot points were a little weak also and Johnny T's accent, while not bad, isn't good enough to make you forget it's John Travolta. Overall, not a terrible movie but pretty mediocre in general. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    3
    "Killing Season" 10 Scale Rating: 3.0 (Awful) ...

    The Good: On a basic level, the story isn't bad. The Bad: The execution, however, was
    "Killing Season" 10 Scale Rating: 3.0 (Awful) ...

    The Good: On a basic level, the story isn't bad.

    The Bad: The execution, however, was terrible. Straight-forward and dull, the film feels way longer than it's 1:30 run time. The nail in the coffin was John Travolta's horrid accent.
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  4. Aug 18, 2013
    2
    I liked the story and felt it could have been great...except if it wasn't for how awful John Travolta was. The bad Serbian accent and hisI liked the story and felt it could have been great...except if it wasn't for how awful John Travolta was. The bad Serbian accent and his phoned-in performance single-handedly makes the film an accidental comedy. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2013
    2
    A battle of awful accents coupled with slapdash cat and mouse intrigue, "Killing Season" is a thriller whose approach grows increasinglyA battle of awful accents coupled with slapdash cat and mouse intrigue, "Killing Season" is a thriller whose approach grows increasingly mundane, and renders itself completely forgettable. "Killing Season" is directed by Mark Steven Johnson "Ghost Rider" (2007), and the movie stars two cinematic legends, Robert De Niro and John Travolta, who star together on-screen for the first time ever. What could be an ultimate showdown of two acting titans with a storyline that closely follows "The Most Dangerous Game," unfolds into abysmal exercise of nonsense, and thoroughly disappoints given its potential.

    Benjamin Ford (Robert De Niro) is a former American soldier and a Bosnian war veteran who now lives in a secluded cabin hidden deep in the Rocky Mountains. Emil Kovac (John Travolta) is a former Serbian soldier from the same war, who cannot let go of a particular run in he had with Ford. Finally acting on his obsession years later, Kovac uncovers Ford's location, and decides it's time to settle the score. After finding Ford and concealing his identity and motives from him, Kovac eventually reveals his intentions while out hunting with Ford, setting the stage for a struggle for survival. Kovac hunts his most elusive prey ever, but can Ford turn the tables on his Serbian hunter and make it out alive?

    Quickly and to the point, the primary problem is the material, written by Evan Daugherty "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012). The movie promises an exercise in these two soldiers stalking and hunting each other, but ultimately it is nothing more than a series of graphic torture scenes with long-winded monologues, a series of power reversals, in which one gains the upper hand, just long enough for the other to escape. These reversals eventually happens with such frequency that it becomes entirely comical and ridiculous.

    I was more than a little confused as to why a movie pitting Robert De Niro against John Travolta was getting such a limited release, but after watching "Killing Season," I completely understand.
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  6. Dec 1, 2013
    0
    Is the film as bad as critics say it is? Absolutely. Terrible plot and dialogue featuring well past their prime actors. And what the hell isIs the film as bad as critics say it is? Absolutely. Terrible plot and dialogue featuring well past their prime actors. And what the hell is up with Travolta's accent/acting? His performance was flat out laughable. Don't even bother with this trash. Expand
  7. Jul 17, 2013
    0
    the plot summary goes like this
    after some drinks and bonding two drunken males decide to bow hunt each other (wtf?!) in order to make each
    the plot summary goes like this
    after some drinks and bonding two drunken males decide to bow hunt each other (wtf?!) in order to make each other "confess" What kind of drugs do you have to be on to come up with this stuff?
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