Killer Joe

Killer Joe

Killer Joe

From master filmmaker William Friedkin (The ExorcistThe French Connection), a Texan crime-thriller starring Matthew McConaughey as a hitman hired to kill his client's own mother for a life insurance windfall.

When Chris (Emile Hirsch, The Darkest Hour) has his stash stolen by his mother, he needs a way to pay the higher-ups $6,000 before they send him to an early grave. In both an act of revenge and desperation, he hires 'Killer Joe' (McConaughey), a full-time cop and recreational gun-for-hire, to put a bullet in his mother and claim the $50,000 insurance. However, Joe isn't cheap. Demanding a promise of payment, he forces Chris to put his sister Dottie (Juno Temple, The Three Musketeers), to whom Joe's taken a disturbing shine, up for collateral.

Winner of the Mouse d'Oro at Venice Film Festival 2012.
2011Rating: R18+, for graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality103 minsUSA
DramaThrillerFestival & Independent
Director:
William Friedkin ('The French Connection', 'The Exorcist', 'The Hunted')
Writer:
Tracy Letts
Cast:
Matthew McConaugheyEmile HirschJuno TempleThomas Haden ChurchGina Gershon

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Killer Joe / Reviews

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Twistier than an East Texas back road.

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We Got This Covered

We Got This Covered

Killer Joe will both infuriate and impress, but when it impresses there is nothing quite like it.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

Killer Joe is trash. Not bad trash. Not pretentious trash. Just plain old ugly, funny, and sophisticated trash.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A likeably unpleasant slice of adults-only Texas noir, which aims at the funnybone as much as the jugular...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Thanks to McConaughey's oily power and Friedkin's unflinching purpose it's a compelling beast.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Lovely to see Friedkin on such mischievous form and McConaughey finally revealing his dark side.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A gruesome, brutally violent and queasy trailer-park nightmare...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Throughout, the actors grippingly and fearlessly delight in etching their characters’ incompatible agendas.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Friedkin has crafted another enjoyable slice of frenzied pulp minimalism.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Friedkin’s pedal-to-the-metal approach to genre filmmaking... gives Killer Joe the energy and breakneck pace Letts’ work demands.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Lurches from realism to corn-pone absurdism and exploitation-cinema surrealism.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Matthew McConaughey is on fire in Killer Joe, fierce and ferociously funny.

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Vulture

Vulture

Friedkin makes no attempt to soften the characters' monstrousness, and thank hell for that.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Killer Joe is one hell of a movie. It left me speechless. I can't say I loved it. I can't say I hated it.

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