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Kill Your Darlings (2013)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by the tremendous chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings casts a vivid spotlight on an early chapter in the story of the Beat Generation.

Movie Info

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: John Krokidas, Austin Bunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2014
Box Office: $1.0M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Daniel Radcliffe
as Allen Ginsberg
Dane DeHaan
as Lucien Carr
Ben Foster
as William S. Burroughs
Jack Huston
as Jack Kerouac
Elizabeth Olsen
as Edie Parker
Michael C. Hall
as David Kammerer
Kyra Sedgwick
as Lucien's Mother
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Naomi Ginsberg
David Cross
as Louis Ginsberg
John Cullum
as Prof. Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Kill Your Darlings

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (35)

Few [Harry] Potter fans will be tempted to chance their luck while most adults will be left with fearsomely bright but relatively unlovable characters.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

The best thing about the enthralling, super-smart Kill Your Darlings is director John Krokidas's ability to capture the excitement of young men's minds on fire.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014

Kill Your Darlings is by no means perfect, but it's an ambitious and promising first film that gives a handful of young actors the chance to work with a director who has a great deal on his mind.

Full Review… | October 1, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
Empire Magazine Australasia

Kill Your Darlings underwhelms on several fronts, but it's difficult to dislike a movie when you find yourself liking everyone in it.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar of the most incompetent and flat-out interminable biopics to come around in quite some time...

Full Review… | August 10, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Kill Your Darlings


A decent drama with some performance from Daniel Racliffe and Dane DeHaan about this finding yourself movie, the story itself is quite interesting and they had a lot potential from the actors with Michael C. Hall brings the best performance from this movie while Dane DeHaan definitely look desirable in this movie.. Overall, I like it but it just kinda boring..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

A flawed if interesting account of the Beat Generation and how Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is entranced by one of his classmates named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and how the two meet with other gifted writers such as William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (John Huston). Unfortunately, this movie's very detached and seemingly rushed screenplay mean that you have little to connection to the characters and the decisions they make, even if they can rattle off brilliant poetry at the flip of a switch. Radcliffe struggles convincing the audience that he is a young Ginsberg, while on the other hand DeHaan steals the show in a sure to be star making performance. This is really a melodrama at heart, and the way it is written and choreographed hints at being something special at times, but ultimately falls short of such expectations due to being in such a hurry to get to where it wants to go. Not bad, but not great either.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

"Kill Your Darlings" may be a little more interesting to fans of Sir Alan Ginsberg, and don't get me wrong, it is a very enjoyable film, but seeing as I didn't know the type of film it was going in, I cannot really say it is a great picture. The film really is just about his friendships, love, and schooling. Going through the ups and downs of his life, you begin to feel a little disjointed from this actors life. When James Franco portrayed this character in the film "Howl," I believe it to be a much stronger performance and we actually got a glimpse through animation into that icons mind. Danielle Rancliffe and Dane Dehaan are however terrific together and their chemistry was beaming. The film may throw a few curveballs at you and make you feel a bit uneasy, but overall, it is a very well-made film. I recommend it to literature fans, but I honestly think you will not have much to see here if you do not appreciate the material it is based on. Well-written and well-acted, "Kill Your Darlings" is just a good movie in my opinion.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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