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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 8 out of 63
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  1. Aug 29, 2010
    5
    When a film deals with such themes as violence against women then the makers best be sure they are making it in a way that at least speaks a message against such a theme. And when they are explored to the extent that they are in a film such as The Killer Inside Me then there better be a seriously big message being sent because it is incredibly confronting to watch. All I can say for thisWhen a film deals with such themes as violence against women then the makers best be sure they are making it in a way that at least speaks a message against such a theme. And when they are explored to the extent that they are in a film such as The Killer Inside Me then there better be a seriously big message being sent because it is incredibly confronting to watch. All I can say for this film is at least they didnâ Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    6
    The storyline is stellar, even if it doesn't send the viewers a powerful message; and only powerful beatings. Casey Affleck does a great job playing a demented villain, and I'd like to see him play more devious roles.
  3. Jun 13, 2013
    5
    Masochistic, and anachronistic; beautiful, summery cinematography and light-hearted period (1950s) tunes juxtaposes with disturbing scenes of violence against women. Weird, but watchable.
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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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.