The Act Of Killing Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
A warped phantasmagoria of denial that is essential viewing, even though it's almost impossible to watch.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Maddening, sorrowful, brilliant, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 7, 2014
The film of the year, if not the decade, if not documentary history.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Most challengingly, though, there is something palpably cathartic about the ritual of the re-creations.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
January 31, 2014
One of the most audacious documentaries ever made, this mind-boggling film forces us to examine our opinions about human history far beyond the events covered on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 19, 2014
Bizarre documentary featuring Hollywood-inspired, interpretive song and dance reenactments of ethnic cleansing in Indonesia.
| Original Score: 4/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
December 21, 2013
Raw and wrenching but narrow retro-focus on the slaughter of millions of Indonesian leftists in collusion with the CIA. But much like Out Of The Furnace, locating truth evasively within the masses, rather than tracing US government and economic roots.
Damon Wise
Radio Times
December 16, 2013
It's a long and uncomfortable journey, but The Act of Killing is also fascinating, using film as a hall of mirrors to reveal not just the faces, but the twisted souls, of murderers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Gray
Boston Phoenix
December 16, 2013
Oppenheimer demonstrates how easily the passive spectator can become an unlikely abettor, and the great cause of his film is to make his actors and audience recognize their moral culpability.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 16, 2013
[The film explores] what happens when you give those who have done something terrible (in this case, killing thousands) a forum through which to tell their story to see if a new perspective changes their attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 16, 2013
The shock of the final scene must be left unspoken; suffice to say its impact exceeds even the nightmarish queasiness which this brilliant and horrible film has striven to contain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 16, 2013
I hate to make statements like this, but here it comes: The Act of Killing may be the strangest documentary you see this year (this decade?).
Full Review | Original Score: B
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
December 16, 2013
The cameras bring out the worst in all concerned, who think nothing of singing and dancing about mass murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
December 16, 2013
This is living history as a surreal pageant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
December 16, 2013
One thing's for sure. You won't see another documentary like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ruth Brown
Willamette Week
December 16, 2013
Of all the uncomfortable experiences you might endure in the name of understanding the evils of history, this film is arguably the kind that is most necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Evan Williams
The Australian
December 16, 2013
The Act of Killing works brilliantly on many levels, capturing like no other documentary I have seen, like no other film I can imagine, the fevered insanity of those days.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
December 16, 2013
The originality of The Act of Killing lies in Oppenheimer's decision to treat artifice as a roundabout path to truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
James Adams
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2013
Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 16, 2013
The emotional places this troubling movie takes him to are rewardingly primal and potent, forcing both subject and viewer to wrestle with internal demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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