The Killers Reviews

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November 29, 2018
Marvin is the un-McQueen. Not handsome, unconcerned with the audience and therefore compelling, he is distant and takes things personally. He's too smart to be monumental like other movie stars, but when he falls it's like a world got killed.
August 28, 2017
Siegel's terse, seething, and stylish direction glows with the blank radiance of sheet metal in sunlight; the movie's bright primary colors and glossy luxuries are imbued with menace, and its luminous delights convey a terrifyingly cold world view.
October 7, 2015
This low-budget neo-noir is really a different kind of riff on the Hemingway story's themes and the genre. It also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Seigel's violent 1971 hit Dirty Harry.
July 22, 2015
This color version of Hemingway's yarn is every bit as fatalistic as its black-and-white predecessor but nowhere near as impressive.
February 23, 2014
The movie defines the violent, complex persona that would make Marvin a star, and he's cast alongside the irresistibly alluring Angie Dickinson ...
June 3, 2013
A crime mystery that takes the best from every cast member and creates a hell of an ensemble piece.
May 23, 2011
Perhaps the sole justification for turning a fine old movie into a just passable new one can be summed up as Angie Dickinson.
August 12, 2009
This take on the story by the invariably overrated Don Siegel is probably the most brightly lit, atmosphere-challenged movie ever to be tagged as noir.
March 26, 2009
Ronald Reagan fails to crash convincingly through his goodguy image in his portrayal of a ruthless crook.
May 30, 2008
The 1946 and 1964 versions of The Killers are vastly different, except for a couple of plot points, like the lack of surprise and failure to run the hitmen note with their target, and the double cross that is revealed at the end
March 12, 2008
Though the film does not stand up to the 1946 version with Burt Lancaster, it has its own pleasures, including Marvin's rather likable role of an assassin, the exciting robbery sequence, and, of course, the villainous Reagan getting his just desserts.
March 12, 2008
The second film version (1964) of Ernest Hemingway's short story, directed by Don Siegel with far more energy than Robert Siodmak could muster for his overrated 1946 effort.
June 12, 2007
Um roteiro intrincado (ainda que excessivamente reminiscente de "Cidado Kane") que se beneficia ainda mais graas direo segura de Siegel e ao elenco excepcional (at Reagan, um ator geralmente medocre, est bem).
June 24, 2006
A familiar tale of robbery and betrayal unfolds, not enhanced by the glossy colour but given a terrific boost by the fact that the two killers stick around and are superbly characterised by Marvin and Gulager.
September 1, 2005
July 4, 2005
June 14, 2004
Movie remakes seem to be pouring out faster and more frequently than ever before, and it's rare that a remake gets even close to an original, much less equals it or surpasses it.
February 27, 2004
January 16, 2004
May 24, 2003
Ernest Hemingway's classic short story is updated and shot in garish colour, with considerably more violence.
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