Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Killing Them Softly Is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Collection improves a bit on its predecessor.

by | November 29, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got an efficient enforcer (Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt and Richard Jenkins) and a methodical madman (The Collection starring Emma Fitzpatrick and Josh Stewart). What do the critics have to say?



Killing Them Softly

73%

The economic collapse of 2008 didn’t just deep six Wall Street — it put the squeeze on the underground economy as well. That’s the theme of Killing Them Softly, a twisty crime thriller that critics say is sharply written and visually striking, though it occasionally pushes its big ideas too hard. After a couple of incompetent crooks steal from a mafia-sanctioned poker game, the family sends Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to rub them out. However, the mafia’s corporation-like structure makes Jackie’s task more complicated at nearly every turn. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Killing Them Softly doesn’t always match its outsized ambitions, but it’s still a thoughtful, visceral foray into gangland built around Pitt’s magnetic performance. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Pitt’s best-reviewed movies.)



The Collection

36%

The Collection is a sequel to the 2009 frightfest The Collector, and critics say it’s an improvement — it’s a sleek, twisted, and well acted, though it intermittently gets bogged down in predictability and gratuitous bloodiness. Thinking she’s going to a party, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is taken to a mysterious location, only to wind up in the clutches of the murderous Collector. In order to retrieve her, a rescue squad turns to Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only one to ever escape the Collector’s clutches. The pundits say The Collection will please gorehounds with its grisly inventiveness, but others are likely to blanch at its over-the-top violence.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Shondaland golden globe awards CBS kids Lucasfilm australia animated YouTube Premium parents Film Festival cooking Television Academy Legendary Spring TV The Purge diversity Hear Us Out CMT films Trailer chucky Emmys Year in Review transformers Kids & Family video First Reviews Comedy finale Crackle quibi Dark Horse Comics OneApp science fiction Pixar Trivia a nightmare on elm street MCU mockumentary game of thrones dceu cancelled television 24 frames Spectrum Originals football Cannes award winner venice biography NBC composers TNT sag awards Mary Poppins Returns Cartoon Network superman richard e. Grant NYCC Marvel Television foreign romance DC streaming service TBS Heroines PlayStation SundanceTV french Turner Binge Guide dc Lionsgate werewolf Food Network Columbia Pictures HBO Max Mystery DGA Horror rt archives President free movies Pop TV TV One halloween Endgame CW Seed Country Musicals DC Comics Biopics joker Awards Tour Showtime LGBT sitcom kong kaiju Trophy Talk hollywood Sony Pictures space talk show miniseries king kong Holiday Apple TV+ docudrama Music slashers batman revenge cops Drama Television Critics Association Syfy USA Network scorecard war Discovery Channel discovery Apple Black History Month Captain marvel crime thriller TCA Awards casting japanese universal monsters Lifetime Christmas movies godzilla die hard Comics on TV Schedule YouTube canceled Netflix Christmas movies telelvision 2016 screenings Rom-Com Teen obituary festival FX HBO ABC Signature docuseries Red Carpet E! Fall TV blockbuster Disney Channel Infographic BAFTA Best and Worst Baby Yoda Thanksgiving saw BBC One video on demand Amazon Prime cancelled San Diego Comic-Con asian-american Nickelodeon Women's History Month USA Polls and Games Oscars Adult Swim nature BET Awards 2020 aliens Countdown blaxploitation monster movies james bond TV renewals Marvel Studios rotten The Arrangement Paramount Network toronto hist high school spain The Academy ESPN TV Fantasy New York Comic Con IFC crossover Sci-Fi Interview Martial Arts Warner Bros. disaster FOX Comic Book 2015 serial killer Premiere Dates PBS zero dark thirty AMC Pirates RT History Fox Searchlight 4/20 Disney streaming service Winners Podcast CBS All Access hidden camera 99% MSNBC APB superhero Fox News Crunchyroll spy thriller Amazon news thriller pirates of the caribbean 2021 RT21 21st Century Fox social media 007 Esquire medical drama sports 2019 Broadway documentaries VOD stoner witnail Epix Comedy Central Funimation Amazon Prime Video criterion ABC Family Sneak Peek spinoff indiana jones series Super Bowl Sundance X-Men Valentine's Day toy story black teaser rom-coms nbcuniversal game show Starz Quiz screen actors guild Universal twilight TV Land scary movies heist movie name the review First Look History Nominations technology GoT Pride Month El Rey 71st Emmy Awards American Society of Cinematographers cancelled TV series FX on Hulu binge CNN psychological thriller TruTV Bravo dogs tv talk Toys nfl IFC Films crime worst movies franchise Star Trek Rocky political drama Mary poppins natural history dramedy deadpool movies Ellie Kemper Brie Larson Video Games spider-man Pet Sematary Mary Tyler Moore The Walking Dead stop motion anime Britbox historical drama anthology romantic comedy Calendar ratings Turner Classic Movies what to watch PaleyFest all-time Peacock Spike comics YA elevated horror concert FXX Star Wars television Character Guide strong female leads A24 Marathons italian justice league Rocketman Black Mirror crime drama Writers Guild of America new star wars movies Masterpiece Amazon Studios 2018 renewed TV shows comic DC Universe stand-up comedy Awards TCA spanish language halloween tv BET adaptation popular Tumblr Reality Competition Acorn TV LGBTQ ghosts Summer Emmy Nominations TLC Apple TV Plus See It Skip It reviews Walt Disney Pictures The Walt Disney Company adventure 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards breaking bad Nat Geo Sundance Now child's play comedies Rock boxing dark Stephen King zombie christmas movies Disney Tarantino Freeform VH1 Paramount Plus Box Office BBC directors Song of Ice and Fire Logo trailers Election comiccon Film Hulu Christmas Avengers women mission: impossible Mindy Kaling documentary E3 Chernobyl children's TV ID mutant Tomatazos DirecTV TCA Winter 2020 Netflix supernatural WarnerMedia comic books Animation GIFs facebook harry potter Tubi Anna Paquin 20th Century Fox reboot cats Photos Marvel critics Academy Awards YouTube Red Shudder based on movie rotten movies we love The Witch Winter TV WGN classics National Geographic zombies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt book adaptation Disney Plus SXSW Paramount Pop doctor who A&E laika independent boxoffice cancelled TV shows book razzies Sundance TV cartoon Reality Alien emmy awards Superheroes jurassic park unscripted Mudbound golden globes Grammys Hallmark dragons prank travel hispanic Holidays Elton John TIFF Travel Channel Creative Arts Emmys indie TCA 2017 singing competition cults VICE best satire ABC period drama Opinion Certified Fresh cinemax green book 45 theme song archives blockbusters Action 93rd Oscars true crime Hallmark Christmas movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Family jamie lee curtis Superheroe OWN robots sequel spanish Watching Series 72 Emmy Awards canceled TV shows sequels ViacomCBS fast and furious latino vampires HBO Go streaming The CW Disney+ Disney Plus movie SDCC Ghostbusters south america ITV Western MTV worst Ovation Lifetime fresh Arrowverse BBC America Cosplay 2017 Set visit Musical GLAAD Classic Film politics police drama psycho cars TCM versus remakes Extras festivals Exclusive Video Vudu