• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Richard Brooks I
    In Theaters:
    Dec 14, 1967 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 2003
  • Columbia Pictures


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In Cold Blood Reviews

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter-director Richard Brooks's faithful adaptation of Truman Capote's innovative 1966 "non-fiction novel," about a 1959 multiple homicide in Holcomb, Kansas, transcends the sensationalist source material.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

December 6, 2012
Emanuel Levy

Highlight of New American Cinema: Richard Brooks' superb, Oscar-nominated film is a chillingly effective version of Truman Capote's pioneering and influential novel.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

April 24, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

One of the most creditable true-crime films ever made. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

February 14, 2009
Variety Staff
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A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Exquisitely photographed in wide-screen black-and-white by Conrad Hall.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 8, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Troubling tabloid headline story that already got the full art treatment from Capote.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 25, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...worth catching both for its inherent qualities and as a snapshot of Hollywood in transition.

March 9, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 2, 2006

Time Out
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In contrast to Capote, whose obsessive documentation of the pair's every act betrays his fear than he (and his readers) could well do something similar, Brooks explains and sympathises away their act as being unique to them.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A sociological crime drama that plays like a noose tightening around all our necks.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 4/4

December 31, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Adaptação impecável do clássico de Capote, é um filme psicologicamente denso, soberbamente montado e dirigido e que traz Blake e Wilson em atuações inesquecíveis.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 5, 2005
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

This movie is so good I moved to Kansas!

| Original Score: 5/5

January 8, 2005
Christopher Null

Severely overrated and terribly long.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2004
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Excellent quasidocumentary, which sends shivers down the spine while moving the viewer to ponder.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Brooks' great achievement in the film is to portray Smith and Hickock as the unexceptional, dim-witted, morally adrift losers they were.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2002
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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An uneasy mixture of facile Freudianism and 40s expressionism.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Eric Melin

| Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2006
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2005
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

November 1, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2005
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