The Killer Review Roundup

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Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 87% from 182 reviews is David Fincher's new film The Killer.

Michael Fassbender stars as an unnamed hitman whose carefully constructed life is disturbed after a hit goes awry. Despite his personal mantra to remain detached and methodical, he finds himself hunting those who dare threaten him.

It took a lap around the festival circuit this summer and fall and has now landed on Netflix, scoring an 80% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you want to get an idea of what to expect ahead of watching it, here's a review roundup to summarise the critics' thoughts.

Review roundup

  • ABC News: It's Fincher's deliciously depraved conceit that his perfectionist process is not unlike the killer's. In his hands, and a mesmerizing title turn from Fassbinder, what could have been a hitman cliche becomes a tangle of loose ends hauntingly left untied.

  • Culture Map: Fincher's continued fascination with the darker side of society makes for compelling viewing, and getting another great Fassbender performance is icing on the cake.

  • Toronto Star: It occurs to me that this film, adapted from a French graphic novel and which reunites Fincher with his Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, is the closest thing to comedy that the director will ever do.

  • The Daily Beast: It’s arguably the greatest expression yet of Fincher’s style and worldview—caustic, unrelenting, and wickedly funny.

  • San Francisco Chronicle: The Killer may look like a fight for one’s life with a satisfying side of vengeance. But it’s a study of an existential death served in delectably cold and precise portions.