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  • Summary: This street-smart mob comedy is the story of what happens when two mismatched people find a common calling. (IFC Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Frank (Ben Kingsley) meets Laurel (Tea Leoni), a woman who has been around the block a time or 200, and she likes Frank's directness, while he likes her unflappability. This is one of the greatest screwball relationships in years.
  2. 75
    It's the best role in years for Leoni, but You Kill Me really belongs to Kingsley, whose character's deadpan reactions to his new environment are priceless. He really kills.
  3. The acting is fine -- and so is the moody-blues direction -- but, given the subject matter, the movie should be blacker and more disturbing.
  4. Straight-up ridiculous, but it's also consistently funny and nicely played by a well-complemented cast that finds its collective groove and never misses a beat.
  5. Its razor-sharp script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and the hilariously deadpan comic performances by Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni make it a consistent pleasure.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    67
    The main pleasure lies in watching a cast filled with fine character actors like Kingsley, Farina, Hall, and Bill Pullman work their way around the salty, noir-inflected dialogue. It's just unfortunate that those lines add up to such piffle.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    20
    The past decade has been less kind to Dahl, and though his latest, called You Kill Me, has the outward appearance of a return to form, it may in fact be the worst thing he's ever done--an inert, tone-deaf mélange of "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. JCA.
    Sep 3, 2007
    10
    A classy and jazzy masterpiece.
  2. GaryC.
    Sep 3, 2007
    10
    I just watched this movie the other night and I have no idea why my wife didn't like it but I loved it. You Kill Me is a classic. It I just watched this movie the other night and I have no idea why my wife didn't like it but I loved it. You Kill Me is a classic. It deseves what it gets and what its going to get because there's absolutely nothing wrong with this movie what so ever. Expand
  3. JoyceC.
    Sep 3, 2007
    10
    Every seven years your taste of food changes, maybe you used to like cheese wiz and now you hate it. Well my taste changed pretty fast. I saw Every seven years your taste of food changes, maybe you used to like cheese wiz and now you hate it. Well my taste changed pretty fast. I saw this movie the day it came out and I didn't like it what so ever. Around two weeks later, I watched it again just 'cause I was bored and for some reason a I enjoyed it much more than the last time I saw it. After that, I noticed that you have to put full thought when you're watching this movie. And I did. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys and puts full thought into their movies. Great film. Expand
  4. RonS.
    Jun 24, 2007
    8
    We liked this movie for its story line and especially for the cast. The acting was wonderful all the way through. I laughed, I cried (almost, We liked this movie for its story line and especially for the cast. The acting was wonderful all the way through. I laughed, I cried (almost, anyway). Even though it wasn't Buffalo, it LOOKED like it. Expand
  5. ScottR
    Jul 20, 2007
    8
    Funny in the way Thank You For Smoking was funny. And I have never seen Kingsley so wry.
  6. BillD.
    Jul 19, 2007
    8
    Very funny movie, especially if you're familiar with the AA 12 Step Program. The entire cast is great, but Pullman and Leoni especially Very funny movie, especially if you're familiar with the AA 12 Step Program. The entire cast is great, but Pullman and Leoni especially stand out. The only flaw, albeit a big one, is the ending, which seems patched together by nervous studio executives. The fact that the Kingsley character's support group is pulling for his successful recovery from alcoholism so he can get his life as a hired killer back on track appears to have created several competing, unresolved opinions by the film makers as to how this otherwise terrific comedy should end. Collapse
  7. May 16, 2012
    7
    I have overlooked this movie when it was released and it's through perusal of IMDb's various lists I came across it. I use the term overlookedI have overlooked this movie when it was released and it's through perusal of IMDb's various lists I came across it. I use the term overlooked because I usually would read the storyline and other movie information for titles that feature the Oscar winning actor Ben Kingsley; several of them appealed to my taste in the various genres he's delivered his quality contributions, though more did not. How else could I, or anyone else, have had the pleasure to see "House of Sand and Fog", if it weren't for the effort of looking for his stuff to start with? Kingsley has been known to make movies which potential monetary success were tentative. This movie is quite difficult to clearly categorize; it depends on the state of mind you're in at the time. I define it as a blend of dark and witty comedy with an expected but discrete drama fusion. The dialogue, mostly, captured my attention; of course, the performance by Ben Kingsley met my expectations. Téa Leoni, who's every single performance of the past twenty years I liked, again, did not fail to please and entertain me; she's a professional other actors have remarked look forward to team up with. The story is simple, straightforward, has many expected moments, not to use the term predictable which nuance I purposefully like to point out; sometimes simplicity allows good actors to shine because they make details count. Denis Farina plays an Irish gangster; he usually excels at half that role, the gangster part, and I was okay with that. Expand

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