The Killing Reviews

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2013
Underneath The Killing's clockwork violence is a pungent layer of irony, something Kubrick would further explore many times later in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Strongly recommended for any film noir fan -- it's full of double-crosses and surprises, loaded with honest crooks, weak men, one wicked woman and some great two-fisted dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 1, 2006
Stanley Kubrick's masterful manipulation of chronology brings an excruciating sense of doom to The Killing, a classical noir about a carefully threaded heist unraveled by the scheming of a fiendish femme.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2014
One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 19, 2010
May be the greatest of American heist films because it bursts the genre to the point of existentialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 4, 2006
Stanley Kubrick's third film established him as a full-fledged filmmaker and a potential master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
May 8, 2007
[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 27, 2001
Stellar Kubrick film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 27, 2011
A brisk, satisfying film noir that features all the details of a racetrack heist gone wrong - even if the timeline is all shuffled out of order. It's thick with atmosphere and razor-sharp dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 1, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Simply put, this is one of the best crime films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2004
Com uma estrutura narrativa avançada para sua época, este longa é mais uma prova (desnecessária, claro) de que Kubrick sempre foi um Mestre em sua arte.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
January 17, 2010
1956 and it's already Kubrick, being Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 13, 2012
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