The Grade Book: “Seven Psychopaths”







Seven Psychopaths

Plot: A screenwriter gets wrapped up in a bad situation after his friend kidnaps the dog of a major gangster.

Director: Martin McDonagh.

Writer: Martin McDonagh.

Cast: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, and Tom Waits.

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama.

Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Seven Psychopaths is an odd and darkly funny film, with a strong script and terrific acting — especially by Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. It certainly is not for all tastes, though.


  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: C+

It has really strong moments but overall it’s underwhelming. The cast here is fine but I was expecting more. The Tarantino-inspired themes are cool but I am not impressed, as it should’ve been better.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B+

Great mixture of gangsters, comedy, characters, and dialogue! I do wish the final act was stronger. It could of been one of the best of the year.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A+

Martin McDonagh is a fantastic director. First In Bruges was great, and now he directs this with just as much skill. The script is phenomenal, creating funny situations at every turn but also allowing you to care for the characters. Every performance was prefect as well. One of the best comedies I’ve seen in a LONG time.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B

What a weird and screwed up film! Seven Psychopaths is one of those films that you either “get” or you don’t. This film plays as a parody/homage to several mob films as well as movies about film-making. It’s well acted, extremely odd, and completely psycho. The performances are all top-notch and the humor is extremely dry and sarcastic. This may not be for everyone but as I said, for those who “get” the film, they will probably eat it up for all its worth.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: A

One of the funniest and most clever movies of the year. The cast here works very well, especially Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, and the direction by Martin McDonagh is top-notch.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B+

Seven Psychopaths, like director Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges (which I adore), is not for everyone’s tastes. This is an odd film with echoes of Tarantino, though it never quite reaches the heights of that director’s films — even though it easily tops many of the other Tarantino imitations. Psychopaths is a celebration of sharp dialogue, dark humor, strange characters, and sticky situations, and I loved many of the moments in the film (especially a crazy campfire scene). The cast is also top-notch, with Sam Rockwell stealing many scenes and Christopher Walken turning in a heartfelt performance. McDonagh may not be a master director yet, but with Bruges and Psychopaths under his belt he is certainly one of the most promising.


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