Natural Born Killers (1994)

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A frenetic, bloody look at mass murder and the mass media, director Oliver Stone's extremely controversial film divided critics and audiences with its mixture of over-the-top violence and bitter cultural satire. At the center of the film, written by Stone and Quentin Tarantino, among others, are Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis), a young couple united by their desire for each other and their common love of violence. Together, they embark on a record-breaking, exceptionally … More

Rating: R (for extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Stone, David Veloz, Richard Rutowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2000
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Dwight McClusky

as Jack Scagnetti

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Dr. Emil Reingold

as 1st Deputy

as uncredited

as Mabel

as Pinball Cowboy

as 3rd Kid

as 1st Japanese Kid/Jap...

as London Boy

as Mickey Knox in Wayne...

as French Girl

as Black Inmate

as Emily (Hostage in Mo...

as Indian Cop

as Mallory's Father

as Mallory's Mother

as Old Indian

as Duncan Homolka

as Roger

as Julie

as Cowboy Sheriff

as Wurlitzer

as Short Order Cook

as 1st Work Boss

as 2nd Work Boss

as 3rd Work Boss

as TV Mallory

as Dale Wrigley

as Deborah

as Soundman

as 2nd Japanese Kid

as London Girl

as 1st French Boy

as 2nd French Boy

as Young Girl

as Mickey's Mom

as Mickey's Dad

as Young Indian boy

as Druggist

as Intense Cop

as 1st Mallory's Guard

as 2nd Mallory's Guard

as Antonia Chavez

as Napolatoni

as Wgn Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Natural Born Killers

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11)

As a satirist, [Stone's] an elephant ballerina.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This is one of my all time favorite movies, and it put Oliver Stone on my list of 'Best Directors Ever,' right along with Stanley [Kubrick].

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It can easily be said that "Natural Born Killers" ranks among the worst films in Oliver Stone's filmography. It's an incompetently-made attempt at drilling home an incredibly simplistic point that anyone can learn from turning on the news.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
Examiner.com

It plays like a mad dash across the cerebral mind-field in search of the right mood, and fails drastically at finding one.

Full Review… | January 27, 2014
Cinemaphile.org

At times with this movie the art overpowered the film.

Full Review… | June 26, 2011
7M Pictures

Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Natural Born Killers

½

I've seen it but I've never REALLY seen it.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A thrill ride of emotion and action. Just great flick with over the top acting from Harrelson.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

One of the most controversial films of the past twenty years, "Natural Born Killers" incited a frothy debate on the role of violence in mass media, and how it affects young children. The actual controversy surrounding the film included a lawsuit that stated that the film had incited violence by showing satirized depictions of violence, going against the actual point of the film. The original screenplay was by Quentin Tarantino, though later bought and heavily changed by Oliver Stone and his collaborators, though the inspiration is still very clear. The film stars Woody Harrelson and Juliet Lewis as mass murderers who are also a couple, the story taking heavily from the exploits of Starkweather, the beating of Rodney King, and sensationalized news coverage. Their story, while seeming out of this world strange, is memorable for its proximity to true American crime stories, and the media coverage that did surround them. Robert Downey Jr. plays an Australian reporter with a crime TV show (a la Geraldo Rivera) who gets way too into the story he is reporting on, and finds it all very exciting rather than horrifying. It's a scathing indictment of the media, and their inability to show murder and violence without a bit of excitement, maybe even envy. There's this gross, almost pseudo-erotic tendency that crime shows have towards their subject matter. Everything has to be pulse thumping and exploitative, even though these are real people dying. Besides its core message, this film is also amazing for its shocking use of parody, sex, and violence. Though the events in the film can be the basis for an action film, it's framed so that you feel queasy, that you see the grotesque of society while also seeing inside the minds of these killers. This film is riveting, gross, and bloody, while also being insightful.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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