Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

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After seven unsuccessful suicide attempts, William (Aneurin Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Tom Wilkinson), an aging hitman on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back) William finally discovers a reason to live. However, as far as Leslie is concerned, the contract is binding...

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Critic Reviews for Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (12)

  • The result feels a little empty. The humour relies almost entirely on the contrast between the film's dark themes and humdrum British life, as everyone negotiates life-and-death matters with steadfast politeness.

    May 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's only Tom Wilkinson's typically expert performance that saves Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) from having to live up to its subtitled bargain with moviegoers.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Dead in a Week" strains too hard to find the lighter side of professional murder - like a Coen brothers version of "John Wick," but without the inspired touch of either.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is let down, however, by some of the nuts and bolts: a half-hearted chase sequence here, a perfunctory exchange of dialogue there.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

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  • Nothing to help lodge it in the memory banks.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Dead in a Week is striving for a weirdly sentimental kind of black-comic farce and it doesn't work...

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

  • Mar 20, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    There's a place for movies like Dead in a Week, small films that pick the thing they want to do and follow through on it. Movies ike this usually end up being at the very least moderately successful (in terms of quality) and the Brits are particularly good at it. This isn't the sort of movie that I'm going to hold dear to my heart for all time or anything, but I'm glad that Dead in a Week is good, saves me from having to make some sort of "My Money Back" joke.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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