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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

A good showcase for some of our most talented working young male actors, but not much more.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C

April 8, 2014
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

"Kill Your Darlings" doesn't really humanize these characters beyond half-drawn caricatures in an origin tale that wouldn't be out of place in an average super hero film.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: c+

September 14, 2013
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects

Never really hits or finds its footing, making it a decent and at times inspiring film, but one that leaves you wanting to dive more fully into either Carr or Ginsberg's lives.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: c

September 14, 2013
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

For a film that goes out of its way time and time again to tell the audience that its protagonist was a pioneering wunderkind who helped revolutionise an artform and thought outside the box, John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is awfully staid.

Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks | Original Score: C

October 17, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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There's a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it's hard to hear it beating.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 15, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Doesn't really get past the awkwardness of signifying important historical events and personages.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 20, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

A grim murder and Daniel Radcliffe's big gay sex scene don't really tell us the story on how the Beats became the beats, or why they matter.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2/4

November 26, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

A disappointingly familiar tale of unrequited gay love. (The film's) strong opening and closing sections don't provide me quite enough incentive to recommend it other than to the most ardent fans of (Daniel) Radcliffe and/or the Beat writers.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2013
Mike Scott

Krokidas seems more intent on setting a mood than telling a story, and in creating a feeling than building suspense.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt

At the film's core is vagueness bordering on ambiguity. Not much of a beating heart for this movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4

October 15, 2013
Tony Macklin

Kill Your Darlings is more about the makers of the Bleat Generation than the Beat Generation.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 24, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Kill Your Darlings" ... feels like it is trying too hard. Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 16, 2013
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

An overmatched star and a scarcity of eccentricity sink this hip-lit origin story from director John Krokidas.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 11, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Nothing wrong with the performances, it's the writing and directing that fail to deliver

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 30, 2013
Christy Lemire
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A sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat poets ...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 18, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The only thing it really kills is about an hour and a half.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ultimately ... two points of emphasis must be pared down to one, and this is where "Kill Your Darlings," arriving at the fork in the road, makes the wrong turn.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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A lukewarm Radcliffe, plus a wandering script, make for a fair-to-middling movie, but the raw material of this dark corner of Beat history remains fascinating.

Full Review Source: Newsday

November 7, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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A stylish-looking story that often presents the players as self-congratulating caricatures, overly proud of their own cleverness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2013
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]

The film suffers from the same problems as last year's On The Road, namely an undue reverence towards its characters.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2014
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