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The Killers Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster.

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

April 5, 2011
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

July 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Nominated for four Oscars, Robert Siodmak's The Killers expands on Hemingway's short story in classic film noir style, with a dense plot that ends in an unexpected double cross

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 30, 2008


The definitve screen rendition of Hemingway's story.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2008
Variety Staff
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Taken from Ernest Hemingway's story of the same title, picture is a hard-hitting example of forthright melodrama in the best Hemingway style. Performances without exception are top quality.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a classic by a supreme exponent of that genre, German emigre Robert Siodmak.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 8, 2008
Xan Brooks
Guardian [UK]

A near-classic of 40s film noir.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2008
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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An example of film noir at its most expressive.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 8, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It's one of the great films of disenchantment.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 7, 2008
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Only the first scene of Siodmak's classic film noir comes from the Ernest Hemingway short story; the rest is pure postwar fatalism from the pen of Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston).

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2006
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Wonderful, sooty noir.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 17, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Siodmak's crafty direction emphasizes shadows, dark rooms and the feel of stale cigarettes, booze and general hoplelessness.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

June 14, 2004
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
David Sanjek

Siodmak captures both the romance and world-weariness of the post-WWII film noir with consummate skill.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 4, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Effectively complex.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2003
Keith Uhlich

Is it any surprise that Reardon - for that matter any character of this sort - comes most alive when brandishing a gun?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

March 9, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Hemingway's short only hints at a complexity, and the film does well to manifest such a depth.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

February 25, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic noir.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 1, 2002
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

The Killers (1946) is director Robert Siodmak's screen classic - an intense, hard-edged, stylish classic film noir...

Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

April 12, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the most inventive adaptations I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2002
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