Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 27, 2014
    88
    The Killer Inside Me is tough, disturbing stuff: We're tagging along with a sociopath as he explains himself, reveals himself, works things out inside his head.
  2. Reviewed by: Wally Hammond
    Jul 27, 2014
    80
    There are other good performances to enjoy – notably from Koteas and Alba – but it’s Affleck who justifies the price of your ticket.
  3. Reviewed by:  Andrew Male
    Jul 27, 2014
    80
    As darkly disturbing as Jim Thompson's novel, this is a genuinely upsetting film that might also be Winterbottom's best. Not for everyone, but near-faultless all the same.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Jul 27, 2014
    80
    Taking a cold, cruel plunge into its sociopath’s world, Winterbottom’s latest genre swerve is an accomplished neo-noir.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 27, 2014
    75
    Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 27, 2014
    75
    The movie does Thompson proud. It's a scorcher.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jul 27, 2014
    75
    Disturbing but very watchable noir.
  8. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 27, 2014
    75
    The Killer Inside Me isn’t for everyone, and even some people who think it’s their sort of thing might be offended. But it’s too well made to dismiss outright for its twisted cruelty. Maybe that’s a compliment, maybe not.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 27, 2014
    70
    Winterbottom's adaptation of the novel is spellbinding cinema, with all the atmosphere, technical excellence and expert pacing the British director is known for.
  10. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jul 27, 2014
    70
    In the end, his deadliest weapon turns out to be other people’s trust, something with grimmer philosophical implications than all his acts of violence combined.
  11. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 27, 2014
    67
    The Killer Inside Me may be the darkest film noir ever made.
  12. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 27, 2014
    67
    Affleck is the perfect actor for this role, though he’s a little too mush-mouthed to do the voiceover narration required of a noir.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jul 27, 2014
    63
    The result isn't drama so much as a waking nightmare of play-acting and predestined doom.
  14. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 27, 2014
    63
    The reader of a pulp crime thriller might be satisfied simply with the prurient descriptions, and certainly this film visualizes those and has as its victims Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, who embody paperback covers, but the dominant presence in the film is Lou Ford, and there just doesn’t seem to be anybody at home.
  15. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 27, 2014
    63
    Looks great and has some raw, unsettling moments, but the overall impression is of a production that fails to achieve what it sets out to do.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 27, 2014
    60
    The Killer Inside Me is a particular distillation of male hate, as practised by repulsive and inadequate individuals who have been encouraged to see themselves as essentially decent by virtue of the trappings of authority in which they have wrapped themselves. And Winterbottom is tearing off the mask.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 27, 2014
    60
    Affleck is playing someone split down the middle, but we're stuck seeing only one side of him.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 27, 2014
    55
    Winterbottom’s version goes too far.
  19. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    A streamlined script might have helped. Curran and Winterbottom lose themselves in the soupy business of union shenanigans, an internal investigation and Lou's intervention in a troubled boy's life, but the added complications -- and the talk, talk, talk they require -- take away from the disquieting core of Thompson's story.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    Beyond Affleck's, the performances here lack amplitude and dramatic impact.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    A film that should but doesn't get under your skin and give you the creeps.
  22. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    Good-looking but not very effective adaptation of the seedy classic by "Grifters" author Jim Thompson.
  23. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    This withholding actor's (Affleck) impish smile and mild, pale-eyed stare--not to mention the Clintonesque hoarseness with which he spins his convoluted lies--are sufficiently convincing to keep The Killer Inside Me from being just a steamy, stylish, punishing bloodbath.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    The film is crisply shot, expertly paced, solidly acted, and it gets a goose when Bill Pullman shows up in the late innings as a good-old-boy lawyer. (By contrast, it’s never convincingly explained what stake the union official played by Elias Koteas has in the drama.) All that’s missing is a reason.
  25. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jul 27, 2014
    50
    Michael Winterbottom’s nasty and uneven adaptation of Jim Thompson’s surpassingly mean little crime novel.
  26. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Jul 27, 2014
    40
    Thompson's brutality and misogyny are on full display, but it is too slick, there is little suspense or energy, and the whole affair has a curiously embalmed quality.
  27. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 27, 2014
    40
    Winterbottom’s inability to bring off this lurid stew of sex and violence is one problem; his (mis)direction of Affleck is another.
  28. Reviewed by: Sukhdev Sandhu
    Jul 27, 2014
    40
    [A] minor and distinctly unchilling fare.
  29. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 27, 2014
    40
    The Killer Inside Me is hardly uninteresting, and you get the sense that everyone involved tried really hard to pull off this difficult adaptation. But it would be impossible to view The Killer Inside Me as anything but a vast miscalculation.
  30. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jul 27, 2014
    25
    It looks spiffy. It has an attractive cast. Marcel Zyskind's cinematography seethes and shines. And it's a crock.
  31. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 27, 2014
    25
    This movie is so staggeringly violent and stomach-souring disgusting that when it screens, it is occasionally greeted with boos and almost always accompanied by massive audience walkouts. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  32. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 27, 2014
    25
    A film that reduces everything and everyone in its well-worn path to a pretentious trope and, in its final Grand Guignol moments, high camp.
  33. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 27, 2014
    20
    Little more than torture porn tricked out in art-house finery. That is the bigger crime here.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    3
    Sadly "The Killer Inside Me", despite its few impressive tensions the movie creates, is your average sadistical porn horror.
  2. Sep 1, 2014
    2
    The Killer Inside Me had the potential to further jumpstart the careers of both Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson; however, the film takes a fine script and turns it into a bland and depressive dark world. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    If you enjoy watching likeable characters beaten to death, then this is your movie. Why nice actors like these folks would agree to make this movie speaks to the craft itself, where some people will take any role for money. I hated this movie! Full Review »