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The Killing Fields Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times
September 16, 2015
Few feature films have captured a nation's agony more dramatically than Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 16, 2015
[A] gripping, intelligent, provocative drama.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
September 16, 2015
If you see no more than one film a year, make this the one for 1984.
Dan Jardine
January 9, 2015
Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 15, 2014
One of the great films from what proved to be a great year for cinema, The Killing Fields hasn't lost any of its power over the ensuing 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
January 13, 2014
Every scene of The Killing Fields (and every participant in its making) is in service of showing how abruptly a seemingly safe and vital individual can have everything essential stripped away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2011
A gripping romanticized and somewhat fictionalized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine piece by New York Times journalist Sidney Schanberg.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
March 12, 2011
The movie is too conventional and fictionalized to qualify as a genuine political epic, but it's emotionally touching in describing the friendship between the NY Times reporter and his Cambodian translator.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 15, 2009
Se a primeira metade impressiona pelo virtuosismo técnico, a segunda fascina pela coragem em observar sem sensacionalismo a magnífica força de vontade de um sobrevivente, beneficiando-se ainda da maravilhosa performance semi-auto-biográfica de Ngor.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2008
It must be nerve-racking for the producers to offer a tale so lacking in standard melodramatic satisfactions. But the result is worth it, for this is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century.
Sean Axmaker
May 14, 2008
First time feature director Roland Joffe shoots the drama with an unforced realism lent a terrible grace by the handsome images and smooth, unobtrusive long takes...

April 9, 2008
Without doubt one of the finest British films of the last 50 years.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
The screen is swamped by a bathetic, self-preening sententiousness.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 9, 2008
A deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
April 9, 2008
The intent and outward trappings are all impressively in place, but at its heart there's something missing.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's overall thrust -- angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2006
A mighty accomplishment, and possibly the bravest Britflick yet made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
September 24, 2005
Epic and heartrending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
March 22, 2005
One of the most potent politically-charged dramas ever made, managing to honor both the epic and the intimate aspects of its drama. One of the top films of the '80s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 2, 2005
Powerful, unsettling, factual; Oscar caliber acting all around.
| Original Score: 5/5
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