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Kiss or Kill (1997)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

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Set amidst the eerie desolation of the Australian outback, Kiss or Kill is a superior reworking of vintage film noir materials from the veteran director Bill Bennett. Its lovers-on-the-run story focuses on Nicole (Frances O'Connor) and Al (Matt Day), a pair of petty thieves running a scam targeting married businessmen; when one of their victims accidentally dies, they flee his hotel room, absconding with his briefcase. The case contains a videotape of Zipper Doyle (Barry Langrishe), a national

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Bill Bennett

May 5, 1998

Universal Pictures

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Imagine Terrence Malick's Badlands done as black comedy, with the rural atmosphere of Psycho and dialogue rubbed against flint.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If this scenario sounds like stock film-noir plotting, Bill Bennett ... makes something utterly fresh and, for all its scent of evil, invigorating out of it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In some ways, it's a remarkable recovery for writer-director Bill Bennett, whose much-tampered-with Sandra Bullock vehicle Two If by Sea was almost unwatchable.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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I've seen countless road movies, but this one felt different, as if it had an unbalanced flywheel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Really does feel original and authentically creepy.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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A chaotic-but-pointless exercise in mediocrity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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One of the best thrillers Australia's produced

March 11, 2006
Moviehole

inventive road movie

June 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Makes what is familiar seem fresh.

April 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A clever and lively entry from Australia than introduced the world to Frances O'Connor (A.I.).

December 29, 2003
Nitrate Online

A fresh and fast paced Australian drama about the mystery that resides in all people.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Kiss or Kill is, after a shaky start, surprisingly good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It isn't the first hellbound road movie to end up on a nuclear testing site in the desert (there's always Kalifornia), but Bennett makes you feel as though you haven't seen it before.

January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Gives the premise a few twists that make things interesting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A cleverly disguised whodunit -- a murder mystery that looks, feels and moves unlike another other murder mystery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The performances are lovely, the odd characters engaging and the filmmaking interesting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A mildly promising tale of lovers on the run.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Bennett tries to shake up the formula.

January 1, 2000
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