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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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Amy Taubin
Artforum
October 1, 2014
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.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 3, 2014
A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5.5/10
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A very well-made film that gives us a peek into the formation of several future gay icons.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2014
Hooked me from the first moment and kept me hooked all the way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
A strong and well observed fifties period piece, Kill Your Darlings brilliantly captures both the heady sense of privilege, and the decadent whiff of The Beat Generation's brief and blazing demimonde.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
A powerful and insightful film about two controversial young writers who were never satisfied with the status quo and sought to change it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
December 16, 2013
A Bracing Look at the Beats
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
December 15, 2013
Kill Your Darlings weaved the mythical origins of the beat generation into a fiercely engaging drama about finding yourself amidst crises of identity, sexuality and art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 11, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe and star-the-making Dane DeHaan deliver superb performances that tap into their character's respective insecurities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 10, 2013
It's less about the flesh and blood Carr than using his in-movie inner-conflict and alleged moral cowardice to underline the travails of an ascendent and newly liberated Ginsberg.
December 6, 2013
The period recreation is impressive, but the tone is non-descript, despite the strong efforts from an obviously dedicated cast. No question, though, that Beat fans will love it a lot more than they did Walter Salles' inert On The Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Sexy and self-aware, with a 1940s-style Brat Pack feel ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
December 6, 2013
Foster is wonderful as the watchful, weak Burroughs, at ease only when drugged, with a mouth like a cat's bum. But DeHaan is even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 6, 2013
It's much better than other attempts to dramatise the lives of the Beat generation like the recent On The Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
December 6, 2013
Even though it's slightly too mannered, this true drama takes a clever approach to the beat poets long before they were famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
December 6, 2013
Krokidas unflinchingly shoots even the film's most dramatic moments with an unusually shallow depth of field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 5, 2013
Revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 5, 2013
A kaleidoscopic historic present of youthful horseplay, frenzied ambitions for revolutionising the world of art and ideas, and polymorphous teenage desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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