The Kill Room (2023) Movie Review – One of the worst films of the year

One of the worst films of the year

Nicol Paone’s The Kill Room is the new dark comedy thriller starring Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Hawke and Joe Manganiello. It’s about a hitman, his boss and an art dealer who get mixed up in a money laundering scheme. And to cut a long story short, it’s not very good at all. How is a movie with a cast this good so bad? It’s devoid of any real plot and just meanders for the overly long 1 hour and 38 minutes, causing it to feel more like a 3 hour movie. 

In the film, highly-skilled assassin Reggie (Joe Manganiello) is struggling with anger issues when the company he works for runs into some problems. To justify their finances, they decide on a new way to hide their money after the guy who used to launder it is arrested and put behind bars for years. 

This is where art curator Patrice (Uma Thurman) comes into the fold. She is in debt and has a struggling art gallery that is always empty, but Reggie’s boss Gordon decides to strike a deal with her that will benefit both parties. 

Samuel L Jackson is usually enough of a presence to save a movie from nosediving, but he delivers the clunky dialogue with a really bad caricature version of the Jules Winnfield character from Pulp Fiction. This is interesting, as he reunites with his former Pulp Fiction co-star Uma Thurman for the first time since the 1994 Tarantino classic. She looks totally disinterested for the entirety of the runtime, alongside Maya Hawke, who is criminally underused. 

The world of a hitman is an interesting one, however, mixed with the art world in this film, it really isn’t. The Kill Room is an absolute stinker and should be avoided at all costs. 


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  • Verdict - 3/10

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