A scuzzy little cross between a crime movie and a horror freak-out that gets under your skin and stays there, even if you can't understand half of what the characters are saying.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, March 01, 2012
Tries to be Eyes Wide Shut, The Wicker Man, and The Twilight Zone all at once, but only makes you wish that you were watching one of them instead.
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, February 15, 2012
Teases out mysteries large and small - far too many for it to resolve - only to collapse in a bloody, calamitous heap.
- Scott Tobias, NPR, February 03, 2012
"Kill List" jumbles together wildly incongruous ingredients to create a dramatic mush.
- Kyle Smith, New York Post, February 03, 2012
This movie is yet another testament to the thriving creativity of the British indie-film scene.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, February 02, 2012
The film's title may draw you in, but it's the texture that keeps you watching.
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, February 02, 2012
The camera is unflinching, and so is Wheatley, as the story moves toward the unthinkable. It's left to you when and whether to look away.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, February 02, 2012
It would be easy to say that the final minutes of this mixed-up thriller make everything before it meaningless, but that would indicate the odd conclusion has meaning, too.
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, February 02, 2012
Brutal and bloody and utterly unnerving...
- Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, January 31, 2012
"Kill List" has a slow build, but don't be lulled into complacency. This is one of the most violent and disturbing films you'll see in an art house.
- Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, March 15, 2012
Wheatly aims for something like moral complexity by having one of the killers believe in God and the other aspire to be a good husband and father, but once the graphic violence starts, it upstages everything else.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, March 15, 2012
It's baffling and goofy, blood-soaked and not boring. That it's well-made adds to the confusion; it feels like a better film than it turns out to be.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, March 15, 2012
It's remarkably clever and resourceful filmmaking, and a little on the diabolical side as well.
- Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies, January 31, 2012
You may look back at the end and wonder, how did we get here? Pay attention: There are small clues along the way.
- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, January 31, 2012
One of the scariest films I've seen in ages, although I cannot in all honesty explain exactly what the movie is about.
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, April 11, 2012
Displaying both a nasty edge and a playful sense of humor -- but thankfully, never at the same time -- Brit import Kill List is several cuts above its fellow midbudget horror brethren.
- Andrew Barker, Variety, January 08, 2013
Deeply edgy, gory crime film maintains perfectly calibrated tension before dropping a bombshell that will be too much for some viewers.
- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, January 08, 2013
An ultraviolent crime thriller that isn't very thrilling, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley's "Kill List" starts off as businesslike as its title.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, March 01, 2012
When it's all over, audiences are sent reeling out of the theater with heads spinning and guts churning.
- Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly, January 08, 2013
The ending is so gracelessly ironic that O. Henry himself would have thrown up his hands in disgust.
- Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine, January 30, 2012