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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 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  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. Feb 11, 2015
    2
    John Travolta plays the role of Vengeful Ex-Soldier who was shot during the Bosnian War in a war crime by some bad Americans shooting badJohn Travolta plays the role of Vengeful Ex-Soldier who was shot during the Bosnian War in a war crime by some bad Americans shooting bad Serbian war criminals. Specifically it’s suggested he may have been shot by Robert De Niro who plays Colonel Benjamin Something. Now 18 years later, Vengeful Ex-Soldier has bought some American military personnel files off a bloke in a pub. One of the files is on Colonel Benjamin Something. “I have been waiting 18 years to do a revenge film with De Niro” says Vengeful Ex-Soldier to the bloke in the pub, who seems to be losing interest.

    Imagine if you will, John Travolta attempting a Serbian accent. Imagine what that would be like for 90 minutes. Yep, it’s as bad as you just imagined. Travolta’s awful accent competes for ridiculousness with his ‘hair’ which at times appears to be a specially designed swimming cap and at others a bald head that has been very neatly coloured in with very black permanent marker.

    This is so rubbish in so many ways, it seems so little effort has gone into the enterprise, that it has an active contempt for the viewer. It openly defies you to bother summoning the will to dislike it. Or sit all the way through it. I managed it in three chunks. Both actors seem to be putting in the bare minimum effort; the extended dialogue scene between the two in Colonel Something’s cabin looks like a half-arsed script read through/failed improvisation that got left in by mistake....The action is limp, the script is nothing, the performances are shambolic.

    I expect this kind of nonsense from Travolta, but the disappointing thing is I have come to expect it from De Niro. It’s sad and perplexing to watch him drive nails into the coffin of a once brilliant career that already has more nails in it than it could ever possibly need. Nothing is getting out of that coffin Bobby, why are you doing this?

    Full review at ponderflix on wordpress.
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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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