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Killers Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

100 minutes killed, to be precise. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Silly suburban spy-jinks Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    21

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    An action comedy that nearly renders the term an oxymoron, Killers is devoid of suspense and laughs.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The steady drip-drip-drip of nothings like this are killing us all.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Haven't we seen the oh-my-gosh-my-spouse-is-secretly-an-assassin-but-you-know-a-nice-one routine once too often?

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Killers is dead on arrival: miscast, horribly paced and murderously uninvolving.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Bland spy romcom mines violence, stereotypes for laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dull romantic comedy finds humor in the violence associated with being an undercover assassin. Characters shoot, stab, and strangle each other throughout the movie, which doesn't shy away from showing the bloody consequences. The movie's premise rests on the idea that a man hasn't been completely honest with his wife about a big part of his former life, but that's not explored. (Neither is the idea of killing as a profession.) There's some swearing (including "f--k" and s--t"), but nothing over the top, plus several sexual innuendoes. One character drinks excessively (and she's actually the funniest of them all).

  • Families can talk about how this movie portrays coupledom and marriage. Is it realistic? Can you imagine getting into a serious relationship while keeping a big secret? Do movies need to be realistic to be good?
  • What do you think about Jen's character? Is her relationship with her parents healthy? Is she too dependent? Do you know women like Jen? Does this movie reinforce or challenge stereotypes about women?
  • What do you think about the violence in the movie? How does humor affect the way violence plays out in a movie or on TV? What would be the real consequences of some of the violence seen in the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Killers is a strange concoction: Murder is played for laughs, but since the film's not very funny, how does that leave the body count then? Jen is such a caricature of a weak, immature woman, that she would be offensive if the movie weren't overall so lame. Still, the movie does attempt to explore the idea of honesty in a marriage, and its importance to making a relationship successful.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: In a strange way, Spencer, the professional killer, appears most sympathetic of all the characters, perhaps because he appears genuinely interested in reforming himself. Jen, on the other hand, comes across pleasantly, if a bit superficial. Her focus after finding out that her husband is an assassin is on how she was misled, not that her husband is a killer. Plus, her squealing and generally immature behavior puts her squarely in female stereotype-land.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Consider the title: For a rom-com, Killers is laden with bone-crunching fistfights and guns-ablaze sequences (and their fairly bloody aftermaths). The lead character is an assassin, after all, and off the bat, he's shown at his "job." One character gets impaled by a chandelier (her remains are briefly visible); another's car is skewered by metal rods at a construction site while he's still in it (we don't see his body).

  • sex false2

    Sex: Lots of sexual innuendoes; Heigl's character is seen in her underwear. She and her husband flirt and kiss often. An older woman shows off her cleavage to a younger married man. Frank discussion of a married woman's sex life.

  • language false3

    Language: Not excessive, but "s--t" and "f--k" do pop up.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Logos for Ford, Ferrari, Maalox, and other products clearly visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking, plus one character who's clearly a lush (and her drinking is played for laughs). Nearly every time she's onscreen, she's fixing herself a sizable cocktail. Another character passes out from knocking back too many drinks on her first date with a guy who, curiously, finds the whole debacle charming (only in the movies.). A few guests get drunk at a party, and one of them leaves the hosts wondering if he's able to drive (though they let him go).

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