Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 3, 2012
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Engagingly off-centre, like Charlie Kaufman taking down Quentin Tarantino, this sunbaked shaggy-dog story is a place-holder film for McDonagh, and often closer to chaos than it is to genius.
  3. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Seven Psychopaths is the kind of movie that can lift someone who's had a crappy day out of a funk. It's an unstable mess filled with lunatic invention and bizarre nonsense, and some of it is so spontaneous that it's elating. [22 Oct. 2012, p.88]
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Oct 14, 2012
    70
    It's at once a gangster movie, a buddy comedy, and a meta-fictional exploration of the limits of both genres - and if that sounds impossible to pull off, well, McDonagh doesn't, quite. But the pure sick brio of Seven Psychopaths takes it a long way.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 12, 2012
    63
    By the time the meta-movie and cute-dog subplots collide in the desert, this high-concept vehicle has run out of gas. Movies about the filmmaking process may never get old, but self-referential hit men smell like yesterday's fish story.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Some of those detours are fun ideas - like Marty's O. Henry-esque tale of the Amish psychopath. Mostly, though, they feel out of place, like so much filler that distracts from the half-developed main story. Call me crazy, but I need more from my movie.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 12, 2012
    63
    On balance, one could argue that Seven Psychopaths warrants a better rating than a mediocre **1/2, but the aftertaste is so bitter that it diminishes the sweetness that started off the meal.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    In the end (which continues into the credits), I was left thinking McDonagh can do better than this, and yet I was slightly more agog with admiration than peevish with frustration. Most of all, I wanted to see the film again.
  9. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    In the end, cast and audience are having such fun that it seems almost mingy to complain when the church, lacking a foundation, collapses under the weight of its own cleverness.
  10. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    Compared with other movies, Seven Psychopaths is clever and inventive enough to be considered a weak success or a modest failure, the kind of effort that usually gets damned with the faint praise of "not bad."
  11. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    Unlike "In Bruges," the outlandish parts of Seven Psychopaths, though often bleakly entertaining in their own right, remain a collection of weird riffs that not even engaging acting by Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits can bring together.
  12. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    The film also begins to feel like a case of a director getting to revel in the very thing he's reviling.
  13. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 11, 2012
    70
    Meta to the max, filled with clever jokes and observations that stick like barbs and deflated ones that land with a thud, Seven Psychopaths is a leisurely riff about movies, violence, storytelling and the art of the steal.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, Seven Psychopaths has a death wish.
  15. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 11, 2012
    50
    For a good hour, Seven Psychopaths is lively, bloody fun. Then the yawning starts.
  16. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 11, 2012
    83
    Consistently surprising, Seven Psychopaths ultimately plays like a combination of Quentin Tarantino's self-aware, savvy ultraviolence and Charlie Kaufman's reflexive head trips. And that potentially awkward combo goes down like a chocolate-vanilla swirl cone, only with more guns.
  17. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 11, 2012
    80
    Set to a score by Carter Burwell that takes breaks for tunes like P.P. Arnold's "The First Cut Is The Deepest" and Linda Ronstadt's "Different Drum," existing in a start contrast from what's unfolding on screen, Seven Psychopaths is a ball.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    Blood splatters, heads explode, and McDonagh takes sassy, self-mocking shots at the very notion of being literary in Hollywood. It's crazy-killer fun.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    Men in movies are often just overgrown boys, and Seven Psychopaths is out to prove it - in the most twisted, hilarious way possible.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 11, 2012
    70
    There's something overtly mechanical about McDonagh's approach that keeps it all from being as outrageously fun as it's pretending to be.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    Absurdly entertaining even after it disappears up its own hindquarters in the last act, and it gives some of our weirder actors ample room to play.
  22. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 11, 2012
    63
    Meta and messy, Seven Psychopaths does not hang together like "In Bruges."
  23. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 11, 2012
    80
    The film has moments of real brilliance and pathos; flawed as it is, Seven Psychopaths isn't like anything else you'll see this year, or any other.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 11, 2012
    70
    Small in stature but consistently entertaining, Seven Psychopaths is a vacation from consequence for the Tony- and Oscar-winning author, and an unsupervised play date for his cast of screw-loose stars.
  25. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Oct 11, 2012
    60
    Each cast member helps push it along, with standouts including Rockwell, Harrelson and Gabourey Sidibe in a brief but memorable scene. They help make Seven Psychopaths an astute, bloody and bloodshot-eyed addition to a genre it knows it's part of.
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    The result is a clever, violent daydream. But McDonagh's skill behind the camera has grown considerably since "In Bruges." And the way he writes, he's able to attract the ideal actors into his garden of psychopathology.
  27. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    While Seven Psychopaths sometimes hits the philosophical shallows, its pleasures still run deep.
  28. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 10, 2012
    78
    It is an inspired, strange, and occasionally choke-on-your-popcorn funny ensemble piece that, frankly, blows just about every other current comedy out of the water.
  29. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    It's all brutal good fun, with laughs scattered generously throughout the bloodshed.
  30. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 10, 2012
    88
    This is a delightfully goofy, self-aware movie that knows it is a movie.
  31. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Oct 10, 2012
    63
    If Seven Psychopaths smacks a bit showoff-y in places, it's only because Martin McDonagh has so much worth showing off.
  32. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    A cleverly daft meta-romp that will be best remembered for its quotes, Seven Psychopaths is a game and garishly shot production that's elegant in its own seedy way.
  33. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 10, 2012
    67
    Writer-director Martin McDonagh's followup to his more cohesive "In Bruges" is a middle finger to cliches "Pulp Fiction" wrought, while garishly reveling in the same hyper-ironic, pop referenced ultraviolence it lampoons.
  34. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 9, 2012
    0
    The result is a twitching convulsion of vicious drivel passing itself off as a movie, which can be best appreciated by the kind of people who dig "Showgirls," the "Saw" franchise and Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman flicks.
  35. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 9, 2012
    90
    Remember the shitty crime comedies every Hollywood brat tried to make after "Pulp Fiction"? It took an Irish playwright to get it right. See it with an audience.
  36. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 9, 2012
    60
    Walken is particularly alive in a way he's rarely been since "Catch Me if You Can," adding untold shades to Hans's mystery-shrouded past - wait until you see what's under his cravat - while still giving his singularly eccentric line readings.
  37. 70
    Sam Rockwell kills as the hero's loony tunes best friend, deliciously abetted by Christopher Walken as an aging, sad-sack dognapper.
  38. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 3, 2012
    83
    An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), channeling Quentin Tarantino.
  39. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    While it's way behind the "Pulp Fiction" curve, Seven Psychopaths can be terrifically entertaining.
  40. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 10, 2012
    50
    Somewhat spastic and overcooked, Seven Psychopaths might have a few too many.
  41. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Sep 9, 2012
    80
    There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.
  42. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 9, 2012
    91
    A less controlled and slapdash character piece than "In Bruge," McDonagh's new movie benefits greatly from a plethora of one-liners that toy with crime movie clichés in the unlikely context of writerly obsessions.
  43. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 9, 2012
    60
    Compared to McDonagh's best work for stage ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore") and screen ("In Bruges"), Seven Psychopaths feels like either an older script knocking around the bottom of a drawer or a new one hastily tossed off between more ambitious projects.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 244 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 69
  2. Negative: 9 out of 69
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    10
    What an unexpected treat! Very unconventional, off-beat, hilarious. The performances are top notch and just fun to watch. (Christopher WalkenWhat an unexpected treat! Very unconventional, off-beat, hilarious. The performances are top notch and just fun to watch. (Christopher Walken is the man! And Sam Rockwell just kills it in this movie.) Actually, it's my favorite movie of the year so far. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2012
    10
    I don't know what movie these other people giving it negative reviews are seeing, but i saw Seven Pschopaths and it was fregen great! AmazingI don't know what movie these other people giving it negative reviews are seeing, but i saw Seven Pschopaths and it was fregen great! Amazing cast, amazing dialogue, amazing plot, amazing exectution. Need i say more? This movie made me laugh harder than any film i've seen in a long time. Woody Harrelson is just the greatest, as well as Christopher Walken. I don't even have to say more, if you love violent comedies then you'll love Seven Psychopaths, enough said. This is a must see. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2012
    9
    Seven Psychopaths had a clever premise, and then weaved a story within a story that was a lot of fun. Great cast, fun premise, and whileSeven Psychopaths had a clever premise, and then weaved a story within a story that was a lot of fun. Great cast, fun premise, and while gory, the gore is done in a comedic way, so it does not gross one out. Full Review »