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The Killers Reviews

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 7, 2015
The movie darts around in time, constantly surprising and adding more depth to the character of The Swede. It's a psychological exploration of a man who was so worn down by life that he merely gave up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 22, 2015
Robert Siodmak directs this for maximum shadowy impact, aided by a crackerjack script from Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston) and stellar performances from a concrete-solid cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
December 4, 2014
It's [got] a blistering opening sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 5, 2011
Compelling, beautifully shot film noir, marking the stunning debut of Burt Lancaster.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 6, 2010
Film noir with spectacularly photographed set pieces.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 30, 2008
Nominated for four Oscars, Robert Siodmak's The Killers expands on Hemingway's short story in classic film noir style, with a dense plot that ends in an unexpected double cross

Film4
April 8, 2008
The definitve screen rendition of Hemingway's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
April 8, 2008
Taken from Ernest Hemingway's story of the same title, picture is a hard-hitting example of forthright melodrama in the best Hemingway style. Performances without exception are top quality.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 8, 2008
It's a classic by a supreme exponent of that genre, German emigre Robert Siodmak.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
April 8, 2008
A near-classic of 40s film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2008
An example of film noir at its most expressive.
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 7, 2008
It's one of the great films of disenchantment.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 17, 2006
Only the first scene of Siodmak's classic film noir comes from the Ernest Hemingway short story; the rest is pure postwar fatalism from the pen of Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
September 17, 2004
Wonderful, sooty noir.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 14, 2004
Siodmak's crafty direction emphasizes shadows, dark rooms and the feel of stale cigarettes, booze and general hoplelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As mere movie melodrama, pieced out as a mystery which is patiently unfolded by a sleuthing insurance man, it makes a diverting picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sanjek
PopMatters
April 4, 2003
Siodmak captures both the romance and world-weariness of the post-WWII film noir with consummate skill.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 16, 2003
leaves you with the sense that some things may never be fully known, even when the obvious answers are uncovered
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Uhlich
ToxicUniverse.com
March 9, 2003
Is it any surprise that Reardon - for that matter any character of this sort - comes most alive when brandishing a gun?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 25, 2003
Hemingway's short only hints at a complexity, and the film does well to manifest such a depth.
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