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The Killer Inside Me Review Critics


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Americana psycho. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Dark thriller centers on brutal violence against women.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this moody adaptation of a classic 1950s crime novel centers on extreme violence toward women, which makes it iffy for even the most mature teens. The violence isn't constant, but a few key scenes are intensely brutal and disturbing, with the main character -- an amoral sociopath -- slowly pummeling two women to death with his bare hands. He also has sex with several women, many times, in a violent and aggressive way. Characters also drink and smoke throughout the film, though they don't swear much.

  • Families can talk about the film's brutal violence. How did it make you feel? How does it compare to the more explosive violence seen in many action movies? Which has more impact? Why?
  • How does the movie depict sex? How is it connected to the violence in the film? What message does that send to audiences?
  • How does making the killer the main character make you feel about him? Is he the "hero"? Does the story work the same way as if a different person had been the hero?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie is told from the point of view of a sociopath who kills almost for the sport of it. He never seems to feel the slightest bit guilty about his crimes, though he does pay for them in the end.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character enjoys rough, violent sex and pummels women to death with his bare hands. The "good" characters play smaller roles and ironically come across as nasty and pathetic.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: The main character brutally murders two women by pummelling them with his fists over a prolonged period of time. He also shoots and kills a man and indirectly causes the deaths of three other characters (one dies from gunshots). A flashback scene suggests that the main character is molesting a young girl.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The main character has rough sex with two women, slapping, mauling, and bruising them. He wraps his belt around a girl's neck and uses it to "whip" her. Flashbacks show him spanking a third woman and molesting a young girl. There's also a suggestion of oral sex performed on the male character. One of the female characters is a prostitute, though she's not seen having sex with anyone else. Nudity includes female buttocks.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "bastard" and "son of a bitch" several times each, plus "hell," "damn," and at least one exclamation of "Jesus."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink hard alcohol and smoke cigars and cigarettes often. The main character burns a man's hand with his cigar. A secondary character drinks to excess and falls asleep.