Seven Psychopaths was Martin McDonagh's second attempt at glorious filmmaking. His first film, In Bruges, was in my view, one of the 10 best movies of 2008. His new film tries really hard and succeeds on some level but misses the mark slightly.
The movie almost feels like it was directed by a psychopath. Your taken on a speedy journey through the lives of several men and women, of which, nearly all happen to be psychopathic murderers. But you knew this already. The film tries hard to be clever and funny and on some occasions succeeds beautifully but generally you end up coughing on your laugh midway through.
At first, I thought this was a bad thing. The director just couldn't find his way. Then I thought, well, this guy knows what he's doing. I think he wanted you to just bask in the presence of a few psychopaths for an evening. Their stories are bizarre, their jokes don't always work, they have odd quirks and really you don't want to be around them for too long. So if that was his vision—he succeeded. All in all, I enjoyed the actors and the fun they seemed to have—you probably will too. Don't expect the high quality of In Bruges, though.
Recommended Viewing: In Bruges - The Rundown - Pulp Fiction
Bob Scale: The Critic: 7.2 - The Fan: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 84