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Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact. Read critic reviews

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As a young cop, Erin Bell went under cover to infiltrate a gang in the California desert -- with tragic results. Bell continues to work as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, but feelings of anger and remorse leave her worn-down and consumed by guilt. When the leader of that gang suddenly re-emerges, Erin embarks on an obsessive quest to find his former associates, bring him to justice and make peace with her tortured past.

Cast & Crew

Toby Huss
Gil Lawson
James Jordan
Toby
Colby French
Det. Kudra
Doug Simpson
Other Agent
Kale Clauson
Informant Cousin
Jan Hoag
Toby's Mother
Phil Hay
Screenwriter
Matt Manfredi
Screenwriter
Phil Hay
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Micah Green
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Daniel Steinman
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Dan Friedkin
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Nathan Kelly
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Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
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Thorsten Schumacher
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Nik Bower
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Julie Kirkwood
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Plummy Tucker
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Theodore Shapiro
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Kay Lee
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Eric Jihwan Jeon
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Lisa Son
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Audrey Fisher
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Critic Reviews for Destroyer

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  • It sounds like a rote rote cop [movie], but the way that Karyn Kusama puts a spin on it: [Destroyer] is really about a woman who cannot deal with her own mistakes... I thought that this film had a real heaviness to it.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A masterful performance by Kidman, who has proven over the last few years that she has deep reserves of talent.

    April 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [Kidman's] collaboration with Karyn Kusama, who directed this film, is another example of her willingness to back a filmmaker still to peak.

    March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film has to be seen for Kidman. In the scenes set in the present she has so transformed herself that at first she's hardly recognisable.

    March 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bell lets her past eat her alive without taking the time to fully understand it-so we can't either. That is ultimately her, and the film's, downfall.

    February 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a clear thematic debt to such character-driven 1970s classics as Serpico or The French Connection, but Destroyer also feels profoundly contemporary in its flipping of traditional gender roles.

    January 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Destroyer

  • Jul 02, 2019
    Despite the garish make-up, Kidman is remarkably understated and I like how Kusama plays with memory in the flashback sequences.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2018
    Honestly expected more from Kusama after The Invitation, but while Destroyer is still a very well put-together genre film it does little to exceed the boundaries of its given genre-even with a fully committed and totally de-glamorized Nicole Kidman performance. The structure tries to do something interesting with the crime thriller tropes as well, but even that twist feels somewhat rote at this point. Still, it's not not entertaining and I was just invested enough to care about where the story took our main character.
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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