A Kind of Murder

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An architect and crime novelist becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder. His mental degradation coincides with the downward spiral of his marriage as he lusts after a younger woman.

Cast

Jessica Biel
as Clara Stackhouse
Patrick Wilson
as Walter Stackhouse
Vincent Kartheiser
as Detective Lawrence Corby
Corrie Danieley
as Betty Ireton
Chris W. Hill
as Bartender
Radek Lord
as Tony Ricco
Michelle Poole
as Bus/Bar Patron
Jennifer Enskat
as Mrs. Philpott
Lucas Bentley
as Detective Jackson
Angel Kerns
as Movie Patron
Jon Osbeck
as Jon Caar
Peggy Warner
as Cafe Guest
Lon Nease
as Party Patron
Ryan Poole
as Bus/Bar Patron
Ken Strunk
as Mr. Philpott
Ian Short
as Bill Ireton
Juliane Collins
as Clara's Maid
Barry Mulholland
as Captain Millard
Jerry Rowlands
as Karl/Party Guest
Steve Moore
as Bus Patron
Sharon Lutz
as Bus Patron/Diner Patron
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Critic Reviews for A Kind of Murder

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (10)

  • A handsome period piece that plays more like a scant-clues mystery than like the psychological thriller it intends to be.

    Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The story remains an academic argument, struggling to pierce the handsome surface.

    Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • While thrills are mitigated by convoluted plotting and suspect character behavior, the film's uniquely bleak twist on classic noir conventions is enlivening.

    Apr 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Where A Kind of Murder excels is with one of the key themes found in Patricia Highsmith's novel - ambiguity - the success of which comes primarily thanks to Patrick Wilson in his performance as Walter Stackhouse.

    Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It feels more like an exercise in defining the mechanics of suspense than in actually utilizing them.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • [Director Andy Goddard] just doesn't develop a level of intrigue or tension that you'd expect from a narrative that is built on double identities, perceptions, classism, and homicide.

    Mar 21, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Kind of Murder

  • Jan 08, 2017
    Lovers of film noir capable of overlooking a frustratingly banal story may want to devote 90 minutes to crime tale. The film's visuals are gorgeous, but the story colorless.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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