"'Killing Them Softly' is punctuated with brilliantly
orchestrated and stylish explosions of violence,
including a breathtaking slow-motion car crash. Unlike
other film-makers who are in a hurry to get to the
action set-pieces, Dominik allows conversations to
breathe: veiled threats hang in the air, murderous
glances are held uncomfortably long and every scene
crackles with tension. And we teeter nervously on the
edge of our seats for the entire 97 minutes."
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine:
"What 'Killing Them Softly' thinks about — and shows
with both relish and ketchup — is the impact and
etiquette of criminal brutality."
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood
"The film is terribly smart in every respect, with
ne’er-a-false note performances and superb craft work
from top to bottom."
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:
"Dominik’s outstanding 'Killing Them Softly' has the
rigor and poise of the great American crime pictures of
Dave Calhoun, Time Out:
"'Killing Them Softly' is a cracking piece of
storytelling, with a restrained balance of laidback chat
and canny visual outbursts, and a delicious thread of
gallows humour running through it."
Mark Adams, Screen Daily:
"A deliciously stylish hard-boiled crime drama, Andrew
Dominik’s violent and bleakly funny film is a grimly
nihilistic film that revels in its harsh and brutal
urban landscape. Writer/director Andrew Dominik makes
great use of the widescreen format and fills his film
with visual quirks to sit alongside the smartly written
dialogue, and working again with Brad Pitt has come up
with a remarkably pertinent crime film that reflects the
tough times facing America."
NY Daily News:
"Pitt, entering his third decade of fame, continues
to show how there was always a deadly serious actor in
him all along. Worn out but with an underlying humanity
and work ethic — the title refers to how he does his
hits — Pitt makes Jackie a scruffily generous soul.
Beside him, Gandolfini nicely plays up the sad-sack
shlumping of a big man laid low. And while McNairy and
Mendelsohn are solid but almost too showy, Liotta,
Jenkins, Sam Shepard and a chewy supporting cast
beautifully fill in the blanks. 'Killing Them Softly'
adds each of its characters to a punchy, prosaic tale
that believes in America, one way or another."