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The Killer Inside Me

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his "sickness": he is a brilliant, but disturbed sociopathic sadist.

Actors: Liam Aiken , Elias Koteas , Bill Pullman , Simon Baker , Tom Bower , Ned Beatty , Jessica Alba , Kate Hudson , Casey Affleck
Directors: Michael Winterbottom
Release: 2010-06-08
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  • Steven Rea

    The Killer Inside Me is tough, disturbing stuff: We're tagging along with a sociopath as he explains himself, reveals himself, works things out inside his head.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wally Hammond

    There are other good performances to enjoy – notably from Koteas and Alba – but it’s Affleck who justifies the price of your ticket.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Andrew Male

    As darkly disturbing as Jim Thompson's novel, this is a genuinely upsetting film that might also be Winterbottom's best. Not for everyone, but near-faultless all the same.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Taking a cold, cruel plunge into its sociopath’s world, Winterbottom’s latest genre swerve is an accomplished neo-noir.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Like black coffee that's flung in our face, The Killer Inside Me silences the question of whether it's good or bad. But for darn sure, it's strong.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie does Thompson proud. It's a scorcher.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    Disturbing but very watchable noir.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    The Killer Inside Me isn’t for everyone, and even some people who think it’s their sort of thing might be offended. But it’s too well made to dismiss outright for its twisted cruelty. Maybe that’s a compliment, maybe not.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Winterbottom's adaptation of the novel is spellbinding cinema, with all the atmosphere, technical excellence and expert pacing the British director is known for. Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    In the end, his deadliest weapon turns out to be other people’s trust, something with grimmer philosophical implications than all his acts of violence combined.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Killer Inside Me may be the darkest film noir ever made.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Affleck is the perfect actor for this role, though he’s a little too mush-mouthed to do the voiceover narration required of a noir.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Weber

    The result isn't drama so much as a waking nightmare of play-acting and predestined doom.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The reader of a pulp crime thriller might be satisfied simply with the prurient descriptions, and certainly this film visualizes those and has as its victims Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, who embody paperback covers, but the dominant presence in the film is Lou Ford, and there just doesn’t seem to be anybody at home.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Looks great and has some raw, unsettling moments, but the overall impression is of a production that fails to achieve what it sets out to do.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The Killer Inside Me is a particular distillation of male hate, as practised by repulsive and inadequate individuals who have been encouraged to see themselves as essentially decent by virtue of the trappings of authority in which they have wrapped themselves. And Winterbottom is tearing off the mask.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Affleck is playing someone split down the middle, but we're stuck seeing only one side of him.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Winterbottom’s version goes too far.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Beyond Affleck's, the performances here lack amplitude and dramatic impact.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A film that should but doesn't get under your skin and give you the creeps.

    Variety Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Good-looking but not very effective adaptation of the seedy classic by "Grifters" author Jim Thompson.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    This withholding actor's (Affleck) impish smile and mild, pale-eyed stare--not to mention the Clintonesque hoarseness with which he spins his convoluted lies--are sufficiently convincing to keep The Killer Inside Me from being just a steamy, stylish, punishing bloodbath.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The film is crisply shot, expertly paced, solidly acted, and it gets a goose when Bill Pullman shows up in the late innings as a good-old-boy lawyer. (By contrast, it’s never convincingly explained what stake the union official played by Elias Koteas has in the drama.) All that’s missing is a reason.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Michael Winterbottom’s nasty and uneven adaptation of Jim Thompson’s surpassingly mean little crime novel.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Pam Grady

    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.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Winterbottom’s inability to bring off this lurid stew of sex and violence is one problem; his (mis)direction of Affleck is another.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Sukhdev Sandhu

    [A] minor and distinctly unchilling fare.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The Killer Inside Me is hardly uninteresting, and you get the sense that everyone involved tried really hard to pull off this difficult adaptation. But it would be impossible to view The Killer Inside Me as anything but a vast miscalculation.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    It looks spiffy. It has an attractive cast. Marcel Zyskind's cinematography seethes and shines. And it's a crock.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This movie is so staggeringly violent and stomach-souring disgusting that when it screens, it is occasionally greeted with boos and almost always accompanied by massive audience walkouts. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A film that reduces everything and everyone in its well-worn path to a pretentious trope and, in its final Grand Guignol moments, high camp.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Little more than torture porn tricked out in art-house finery. That is the bigger crime here.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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