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Reviews: Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretnsion
    • Excerpt: There’s a whole lot of people shooting each other and it would be a disservice to the movie to pretend there’s no entertainment in that. But that sort of entertainment is so fleeting that the memory of the enjoyment is soon deleted to make room for other, more meaningful experiences.
  • [New – 1/31/13] | Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Seven Psychopaths might not be quite on the same level as In Bruges, but it offers comparable fun with colorful writing, a sharp plot, strong performances, appealing flavor, technical sheen, and plenty of humor.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: A movie that is one of the most aggressively self-reflexive and self-lacerating in modern memory.
  • Simon Brew @ Den of Geek
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Walken walks out of the picture on water, but the movie around him evaporates.
  • Tom Clift @ Moviedex
    • Excerpt: An uproariously funny, gleefully violent, delightfully meta and spectacularly original black comedy set in the unglamorous world of LA gangsters, screenwriters and dog-nappers, Seven Psychopaths plays like an irreverent cross between Adaptation and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and features brilliant comedic performances from an immensely talented cast.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: The film’s clever dialogue, placed so artificially in the mouths of gangsters and aspiring screenwriters that represent the movie’s surreal LA milieu, make it of a piece with many of the quirky Tarantino ripoffs that filled arthouses shortly after the release of Pulp Fiction. I’m thinking of also-rans like Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead or Keys to Tulsa, crime movies where artifice and brutal reality intersected in the speech patterns of violent characters like Seven Psychopaths’ prime mover, Billy (Sam Rockwell).
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Seven Psychopaths has a wicked sense of humor, not only about its characters but also about itself.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle
    • Excerpt: McDonagh possesses a rare talent for ushering black comedy to a bleak end, luring his audience into laughter all along its shootapalooza way.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: Seven Psychopaths is little more than the sum of its iconic references (Marty=Scorsese, Bickle=Travis from Taxi Driver) and Martin McDonagh shows no progress since In Bruges but equal gallons of flair to make you stare, stubbornly trapped in the Guy Ritchie zone.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Bursting with equal parts exasperation, despair, cultural criticism, and black comedy…
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Seven Psychopaths is a compromised film and it is very difficult not to blame McDonagh entirely. His script is a mess and whatever point he wanted to make, whether he is ultimately criticizing or glorifying this dodgy genre, is lost in the fray.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: There is a clear difference between appreciating how audacious a film is and buying into that audacity. It’s the same difference between admiring a film and truly loving it. Seven Psychopaths stands defiantly on the opposite side of “love,” grinning smugly and giving us the finger.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Seven Psychopaths is raucous, bloody fun, with style to spare.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Uneven, disjointed, but funny and a little brilliant.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Reinforcing the director’s status as an auteur with a dynamic new cinematic language, I can’t imagine anything topping it as my favorite film of 2012.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: I don’t think McDonagh is getting away with as much as he thinks he is. Sure, he’s tossing us a very big wink about how dumb a lot of action movies can be, but he’s still making an action movie.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: The essence of Seven Psycopaths: A lot of clever talk and some senseless graphic violence, all without a hint of purpose.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Martin McDonagh’s energetic follow up to his wildly humorous and thoughtful 2008 film “In Bruges” is a self-reflexive study in post-post-modern cinema.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Rude, raucous and gleefully violent…sophomoric in every sense. But though insubstantial and childishly over-the-top, it’s also enjoyable.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Watching this movie is like having a surrealistic nightmare you can’t help enjoying.
  • Ed Whitfield @ The Ooh Tray
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: A fast paced action thriller of explicit violence, all the better for a comedic turn and creative story telling.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:27 am

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