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Total Crap: 13.95%

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Killing Zoe
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by Chris Parry

"Guns, puffies, Stoltz on drugs, frenchies in masks. It's all good"
4 stars

Unfairly lambasted and unfairly overlooked. That's my take on Killing Zoe, Roger Avary's first directing bash and hopefully not his last.

Starring Eric Stoltz as a safecracker brought into Paris to catch up with old friends and crack a bank, Julie Delpy as the hooker with a heart of gold caught in the middle of a robbery gone bad and Jean-Hugues Anglade as a frenchy thief with a suicidal streak, Writer/Director Avary has pounded out a Tarantino film with a distinctly Euro-trash flavor.

Of course, many folks claim Avary is the mastermind behind the Tarantino phenomonon (this reviewer included) so this is no case of "rip-off", more a case of "the next level".

But many folks don't dig on Zoe, for reasons I can't fathom. I mean, it has a topless Julie Delpy - there's a star bonus already, it's got copious drug references and scenes, some decent action and good humor.

It's only drawback so far as I can see is a bit of "crossing the T's and dotting the I's". Everything seems to get rounded off and explained, instead of leaving some mystery for the viewer to get their head around. A slow start by Stoltz also adds to the first scene drag, but there's enough powder in this little keg to put you through a decent pop or two.

Jean-Hugues Anglade is the star of the show. He's tres smooth and tres fucked-up. Delpy is always good for some rampant sex appeal, but little else (see American Werewolf In Paris for further evidence of this) and Stoltz.. well.. he's Stoltz. With the exception of his Pulp Fiction turnout he has always played the exact same character, and he ain't breaking the rules here.

Put simply, if you like yourself a bit of French cinema then you should dig Killing Zoe. If you just like a good thriller then go rent Killing Zoe. If you're only looking for a Tarantino connection, well you're easy to satisfy - maybe try a Corey Haim double feature next time.

Avary hasn't served up a masterpiece here, but you can smell one brewing.

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User Comments

11/29/09 andrew why does no one like this film...eric and zed are so it to true romance(shit) 5 stars
4/10/09 Dane Youssef Avary brings fire and energy to spare in this grindhouse of a little movie. For guy groups. 4 stars
11/18/06 Shane McCarrick Julie Delpy just gets better and better...... 5 stars
9/20/05 M.N. Hall Sheds some light on how we view our country/city. "I'll show you the real Paris." 4 stars
5/18/03 Y2mckay Likeable Stoltz, Delpy's perky rack, great performance from Anglade. Plus drugs and guns. 4 stars
5/14/03 Mr. Hat (I'm Back Mo'Fos!!!) Just a wee bit TOO gruesome. No need for that, really. Disappointing coming from Avary. 2 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby A Tarantino-wannabe has made a drab wannabe-thriller. 1 stars
1/17/03 mans0n well done film all around, entertaining throughout. would have been better in 100% french 4 stars
1/11/02 Iain Anglin Killing Zoe is one of the best films of the 90's John Hugues-Anglade was creepy and great 5 stars
8/20/01 bizar とにかく、ゴミ(TRASH)以外の何物でもない!デルピー(DELPY)はセクシーでもなんでもなく、ア 1 stars
6/14/01 Poxont Sexy and artistically exciting film. Best Eric Stoltz ever! 5 stars
8/02/00 Sully this movie sucked. guys banging guys - no thanks 1 stars
7/24/99 Hagbard Celine Pointless crap with some decent gunplay and blood. What anal scene? 3 stars
7/04/99 J-Dogg Total shit. I expected more than just DERIVATIVE shit from Tarantino's bro. 2 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Fucking rubbish-Tarantino must be very ashamed that he even put his name to it. 1 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson A good movie, didn't care for the anal scene, ouch, dig the masks though. 4 stars
12/05/98 tj 30 mins. sex, 30 mins. drugs, 30 mins. violence...fucking PERFECT! 5 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink Overblown and stupid!! 1 stars
11/13/98 Jules CaptNish, you Tarantino licker, this was a COOL film! 4 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Avary gives you just what you need, but you come away with much more! 5 stars
10/23/98 Negative Creep s'okay 3 stars
10/22/98 CaptNish LAME ASS SHITE!!! There's a reason why people know Tarantino's name and not Avery's... 1 stars
10/20/98 {{{OZ}}} Never got the credit it deserved, nor did Roger Avary. He needs another shot at directing. 5 stars
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  02-Jul-1994 (R)


  02-Feb-1995 (R)

Directed by
  Roger Avary

Written by
  Roger Avary

  Eric Stoltz
  Julie Delpy
  Jean-Hugues Anglade
  Tai Thai
  Bruce Ramsay
  Kano Salem

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