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In Cold Blood Reviews

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Phil Hall
July 1, 2016
Visually striking, with two astonishing lead performances, but it never quite plumbs the emotional depths of the Truman Capote source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 3, 2015
Chief among the film's distinctions are the beautiful gloom of Conrad Hall's monochromatic cinematography... There are the fearless, wonderfully contrasting performances by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the sociopathic killers.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 28, 2015
Writer-director Richard Brooks' detached style allows for a non-exploitative presentation, and the contributions by cinematographer Conrad Hall and composer Quincy Jones are first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
September 11, 2015
It's both a "true crime" movie and a poetic account of two young men who, by committing an act of unspeakable brutality, unleash the furies against themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 11, 2015
Blake and Wilson give wonderfully natural performances: eerie in their casual attitude to murder but endearing in their open natures. In Cold Blood doesn't judge them but doesn't excuse them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 10, 2015
Truman Capote's non-fiction masterwork gets the film noir treatment from director Richard Brooks, with a slow dissection of "a crime that shocked a nation."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 10, 2015
Capote's non-fiction novel brooded on the sheer pointless nightmare, and so does the film, to some extent; the killers' casual excitement at the prospect of murderous violence is still chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
December 6, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter-director Richard Brooks's faithful adaptation of Truman Capote's innovative 1966 "non-fiction novel," about a 1959 multiple homicide in Holcomb, Kansas, transcends the sensationalist source material.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
April 24, 2012
Highlight of New American Cinema: Richard Brooks' superb, Oscar-nominated film is a chillingly effective version of Truman Capote's pioneering and influential novel.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 14, 2009
One of the most creditable true-crime films ever made. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
April 8, 2008
A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

TV Guide
April 8, 2008
Exquisitely photographed in wide-screen black-and-white by Conrad Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 25, 2008
Troubling tabloid headline story that already got the full art treatment from Capote.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 9, 2006
...worth catching both for its inherent qualities and as a snapshot of Hollywood in transition.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2006
Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
In contrast to Capote, whose obsessive documentation of the pair's every act betrays his fear than he (and his readers) could well do something similar, Brooks explains and sympathises away their act as being unique to them.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 31, 2005
A sociological crime drama that plays like a noose tightening around all our necks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 5, 2005
Adaptação impecável do clássico de Capote, é um filme psicologicamente denso, soberbamente montado e dirigido e que traz Blake e Wilson em atuações inesquecíveis.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
This movie is so good I moved to Kansas!
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
July 25, 2004
Severely overrated and terribly long.
| Original Score: 3/5
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