The Killers Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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
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
March 16, 2003
Even in today's violence-jaded era, the 1964 version of The Killers packs a punch when needed.
March 9, 2003
The selfish cynicism on display, the every-man-and-woman-for-themselves bravado is a more cinematic than televisual conceit.
February 25, 2003
Without pretension The Killers occupies its genre and welcomes each convention. It comes, however, late, and such conventions are worn for their familiarity.
February 3, 2003
Ronald Reagan's last role proved to be just as scary as his actual presidency. Clu Gulager rocks, as always.