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The Killers Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 7, 2015
This low-budget neo-noir is really a different kind of riff on the Hemingway story's themes and the genre. It also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Seigel's violent 1971 hit Dirty Harry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 23, 2014
The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ...
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 3, 2013
A crime mystery that takes the best from every cast member and creates a hell of an ensemble piece.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 12, 2009
This take on the story by the invariably overrated Don Siegel is probably the most brightly lit, atmosphere-challenged movie ever to be tagged as noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 30, 2008
The 1946 and 1964 versions of The Killers are vastly different, except for a couple of plot points, like the lack of surprise and failure to run the hitmen note with their target, and the double cross that is revealed at the end

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 12, 2008
Though the film does not stand up to the 1946 version with Burt Lancaster, it has its own pleasures, including Marvin's rather likable role of an assassin, the exciting robbery sequence, and, of course, the villainous Reagan getting his just desserts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 12, 2008
The second film version (1964) of Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Don Siegel with far more energy than Robert Siodmak could muster for his overrated 1946 effort.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 12, 2007
Um roteiro intrincado (ainda que excessivamente reminiscente de "Cidadão Kane") que se beneficia ainda mais graças à direção segura de Siegel e ao elenco excepcional (até Reagan, um ator geralmente medíocre, está bem).
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A familiar tale of robbery and betrayal unfolds, not enhanced by the glossy colour but given a terrific boost by the fact that the two killers stick around and are superbly characterised by Marvin and Gulager.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 14, 2004
Movie remakes seem to be pouring out faster and more frequently than ever before, and it's rare that a remake gets even close to an original, much less equals it or surpasses it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 16, 2003
Even in today's violence-jaded era, the 1964 version of The Killers packs a punch when needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Uhlich
ToxicUniverse.com
March 9, 2003
The selfish cynicism on display, the every-man-and-woman-for-themselves bravado is a more cinematic than televisual conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 25, 2003
Without pretension The Killers occupies its genre and welcomes each convention. It comes, however, late, and such conventions are worn for their familiarity.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
Ronald Reagan's last role proved to be just as scary as his actual presidency. Clu Gulager rocks, as always.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 22, 2015
This color version of Hemingway's yarn is every bit as fatalistic as its black-and-white predecessor but nowhere near as impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
Perhaps the sole justification for turning a fine old movie into a just passable new one can be summed up as Angie Dickinson.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Ronald Reagan fails to crash convincingly through his goodguy image in his portrayal of a ruthless crook.
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