Parents' Guide to

The Killer Inside Me

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Dark thriller centers on brutal violence against women.

Movie R 2010 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


This movie.... not recommeded for anyone with highly moral values, it is gross and insane, not good for adults or children to watch at all!
age 17+

Horrid, and definitely not for kids

Gross and horrific, and that's the Bottom Line. Thanks for reading, and sorry for the negativity - Movie Man

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The biggest issue with THE KILLER INSIDE ME is its controversial scenes of violence against women, which are highly disturbing and not at all easy to watch (and not for kids). But for mature viewers who can get past them, Affleck's Lou Ford is a fascinating character, and it's interesting to watch his mental and emotional journey. It's even possible to root for him to find some sort of inner peace.

Director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, 24 Hour Party People) is known mainly for his heavy message movies, but he occasionally makes interesting, smart forays into other genres, and this is one of them. The movie is moody and stylish, and it develops a strong sense of place and tone to support the dark characters. It doesn't quite have the shocking punch that Jim Thompson's original 1952 novel had, but it's an intriguing effort.

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