'Seven Psychopaths' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   194 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, channeling Quentin Tarantino.
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Meta to the max, filled with clever jokes and observations that stick like barbs and deflated ones that land with a thud, "Seven Psychopaths" is a leisurely riff about movies, violence, storytelling and the art of the steal.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    After a while the narrative falters, the ideas flag and it simply gets dull ...
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  • Catherine Shoard Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Seven Psychopaths is about seven times more clever than most Hollywood comedies. And way more demented.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    A toxic little bauble of Hollywood gestures, cliches and tropes.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    'Seven Psychopaths" is many things, chief among them a long-overdue love letter to Christopher Walken and a crudely drawn ransom note from Sam Rockwell.
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  • Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The movie in which Martin McDonagh the scabrous playwright and Martin McDonagh the high-end junk filmmaker at last craft a doozy both can brag about to their mates.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    In writer-director Martin McDonagh's hazy but fun meditation on friendship, the art of storytelling and masculine morality gone off the rails. If it's hard to keep 'em all straight without a scorecard, just go with it.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The violence wears you down. Like one of its nutso characters, "Seven Psychopaths" has a death wish.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Yes, it's a lot to keep track of, but writer-director Martin McDonagh does so with deft humor as the film hurls toward a desert climax, foreshadowed in one of Billy and Marty's exchanges.
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  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    ... delights in pulling the rug out from under the audience ... in such cerebrally and cinematically exciting ways ...
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  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths promises a bloody good time. It delivers.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Seven Psychopaths doesn't jell, but it's enough of a crowd-pleaser to make you worried about how pleased the crowd around you is.
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  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood-at least for a while.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Well, they have the title right. I don't know how these people found one another, but they certainly belong on the same list.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    McDonagh's characters may be awful, or simply lost, but they're all addicted to the art of the tall tale and the dark allure of the nightmarish bedtime story.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I can't remember the last time I was so sorely disappointed by a writer I liked; the movie is undeniably entertaining but as hollow as a bullet wound.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Put a gun in the hands of Woody Harrelson and some glorious gab in the mouth of Christopher Walken - the most deadpan of deadpanning thespians - and it's impossible not to make something of this profanity-flying conflation.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    A movie that leaves you stumbling out of the theater in a state of giddy, elated vertigo.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    While "Seven Psychopaths" is indeed as crazy as it sounds, it's not nearly as smart as it thinks it is.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    A delightfully nuts, compulsively watchable film.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    0
    To me, the movie is genuinely humor-resistant. Any cult it develops will be chewing gum and wearing Halloween costumes.
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  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    The script's primary tension isn't between the characters at all, but rather in McDonagh's mind, as he arm-wrestles the split between shlock and sincerity in screenwriting.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Too many of its moments of let's-subvert-the-genre seem to leave McDonagh stranded and flailing at just the moment when a Tarantino movie or a Chuck Palahniuk novel is snapping into place.
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