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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Starring: Bruce Davison, James Morrison, Omid Abtahi
  • Summary: Pittsburgh homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny) seeks help from forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D'Arcy) to track a serial killer and solve a case from her past in this adaption of a Danish series. [Began airing on Lifetime Movie Network TV 30 Mar 2014]
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 3, 2014
    100
    Disturbing. Magnetic. Hold your breath. Watch.
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 28, 2014
    80
    Suffering is never easy to watch, and when a series revolves around a woman in near-constant mental anguish, things can creep close to tiresome. Such is Ms. Sevigny's performance, though--at once veiled and yet open to view as she has not often been in other roles—that you can't stop looking.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    As has been the case in so many films and TV shows, Sevigny is the most compelling reason to watch Those Who Kill, but if the scripts remain as carefully crafted as that of Monday's pilot, Sevigny will have found a vehicle worthy of her singular skills.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    The pilot of Those Who Kill features the kind of cinematic production values that we've come to expect from cable and the two leads are undeniably engaging, but the writing here is paper-thin, the kind of scripted crime drama that we've seen too many times for it to feel fresh again.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    As a psychological thriller, it's not terrible--certainly better than Fox's dreadful monotonous "The Following"--but Those Who Kill suffers from character/relationship incoherence.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 3, 2014
    50
    The world has so many series about dark humans doing dark things that it becomes all the more difficult to stand out, and Those Who Kill is so generic it doesn’t even seem interested in trying.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Feb 28, 2014
    25
    Only trouble is--aside from the torture porn nature of the show--the story itself is a series of question marks that takes a plunge into the ridiculous in its climactic scene.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    10
    As usual the professional critics have gotten it wrong. This is an unusually captivating series. Scarey, different, and holds your interestAs usual the professional critics have gotten it wrong. This is an unusually captivating series. Scarey, different, and holds your interest until the very end, and can't wait for the next episode. My daughter and son-in-law, who are hard to please, have set up to record this show. So, what the heck - cancel it. Just like Southland, which NBC cancelled, then TNT. Seems like they just want to keep spoon feeding the same old tired unbelievable stuff. Isn't there anyone out there to stand up for US?? Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    This was an amazing show. Always kept me dying to see the next episode. It was a nice change from your average serial killer shows with theThis was an amazing show. Always kept me dying to see the next episode. It was a nice change from your average serial killer shows with the use of the psychologist. I am extremely upset by its cancellation! I desperately want to know if Katherine killed her step father. There's so much left unanswered! Please bring this great show back! Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    i love love this show. informative, suspenseful, realistic, actors are sensational. best show on tv. can't wait till next episode. pleasei love love this show. informative, suspenseful, realistic, actors are sensational. best show on tv. can't wait till next episode. please don't cancel. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    8
    I really liked this show. I thought the first two episodes were captivating and I wanted more. I hope A&E gets this series up and runningI really liked this show. I thought the first two episodes were captivating and I wanted more. I hope A&E gets this series up and running very soon. The characters were very, very interesting to me, and I sure wanted to find out where the story was going. Bring it back A&E! Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    6
    I'm not a fan of serial killer shows. They're always the same. A nutter kills women, always using the same method, and along comes a profilerI'm not a fan of serial killer shows. They're always the same. A nutter kills women, always using the same method, and along comes a profiler speaking psycho babble about motives and predictions of future events. The twist of late is to have the "good guys" as whacked out as the "bad guys." Chloe Sevigny brings her usual facial map of easily read emotion; mostly quietly fuming with a large twist of barely controlled hysteria. Now she throws in cold hearted killer from time to time. I'd prefer a drawn out chase to the hectic pace of this one. It takes months if not years to catch killers. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2014
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I started watching this. The situations were familiar, but well produced and acted. I love Sevigny's face; great subtlety there.

    However, I am in the old-school "Inspector Morse" fan base. Very very little violence was ever shown in those fine episodes. The camera would pan away; almost never any blood, certainly no on-screen torture.

    And so I stopped watching Those Who Kill, in spite of many good things about it, I refuse to watch on-screen torture, and especially the evident joy and pleasure on the face of the torturer.

    Repulsive and obscene. Be warned.
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  7. May 5, 2014
    1
    Those Who Kill picks the perfect actor to play the lead in a cast of excessively dramatic characters with no substance to be dramatic about.Those Who Kill picks the perfect actor to play the lead in a cast of excessively dramatic characters with no substance to be dramatic about. Unoriginal, unrealistic, uninteresting. The final scene is embarrassing. I created a metacritic account just to warn people how awful this show is. Expand

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