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Destroyer (2018)


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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Destroyer​ follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.


Nicole Kidman
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Critic Reviews for Destroyer

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

A solid-enough L.A. noir whose hook, and albatross, is the transformation of a beautiful Oscar-winning actress into a desiccated crone.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The grim relentlessness with which "Destroyer" seesaws between time frames - as if to make sure that no state of abjection, past or present, goes unexplored - wore me out long before the endlessly protracted finish.

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie that simply wouldn't work without [Kidman], and, because of some of the frustrating narrative choices, almost doesn't with her.

September 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Karyn Kusama shifts dexterously between the present and the past, unspooling a satisfyingly twisted piece of storytelling by writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who succeed in making both plots gripping.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Kidman herself, clearly one of the finest actors of her generation, or anyone else's. Kidman has fully absorbed Erin inside her, as there doesn't seem to be a point where the character ends and the actress begins.

September 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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Even though the film unravels a bit toward the end, it destroys the standard confines of what an actress can do on-screen, allowing her to be difficult, unlikable, and almost completely independent.

September 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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