Killer Joe

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Dark comedy

Brief Synopsis: "When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance."

Overall Ranking: 1086 (Rank from 2011: # 46)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 39.13%
Regular 43.48%
Half-Popped 13.04%
Stale 0%
Burnt 4.35%


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Sean Kelly100(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik95 - A twisted and gruesome thriller. Some really violent and sick scenes here with a blood-chilling performance by McConaughey. Great stuff!!
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FTS Nick R90 - Killer Joe is an intense movie. From scene one all the way to its unbelievable ending, the film is exaggerated, extreme, unashamed, and incredibly proud of it. ... As much as I enjoyed this film, not everybody will. The film is incredibly violent and there is excessive nudity. How excessive you ask? Within the first five minute there is below the belt female nudity front and center. After that declaration, you know the film will be excessive. Because of that excess, many of the performances and line deliveries come across as highly exaggerated and over-acted. In my opinion, I think that was purposefully done to downplay the intensity of the violence, nudity, chicken usage, and violent dominance. There are a few scenes that are tough to sit through that were reminiscent of Compliance. If you are not a fan of this, donít see the movie. If youíre okay with this, go see it in theatres with a large audience and prepare to be blown away; or disgusted.
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Dan Fogarty - Fogs Movie Reviews90 - Grade: A-
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Patrick Devitt90
Cool Movie Guy Dave Randal88(full review)
Committed to Celluloid Fernando Rafael88(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
BTS Brian85
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
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Maurice of Movie Mixology80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)
Jake of Peffer Reviews78(full review)
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Lord Of The Films Ryan75(full review)
Bryan Lienesch73 - As messy as a bloodied piece of K Fried C.
Skooch70(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10170(full review)
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick60(full review)
Sketchy Details Robert60(full review)
Minnesota Man55(full review)
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People Involved

  • Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe Cooper)
  • Emile Hirsch (Chris Smith)
  • Thomas Haden Church (Ansel)
  • Gina Gershon (Sharla)
  • Juno Temple (Dottie Smith)
  • Marc Macaulay (Digger Soames)
  • (Director)
  • (Director)
  • William Friedkin (Director)