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Destroyer Reviews

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March 22, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 21, 2019
Kidman's total embodiment of this character is staggering.
March 21, 2019
Karyn Kusama's powerfully dark and disturbingly violent crime drama is certainly challenging, and yet Nicole Kidman's central performance gives it much broken and beaten heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 21, 2019
The whole experience is one slo-mo slap to your face, while Kidman maintains the most cadaverous countenance ever seen in a movie without zombies or vampires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 21, 2019
We can figure out from an early stage that she's done a bad, bad thing or two, but it takes a bit of time and several extended flashbacks before all the pieces of the puzzle come together.
March 19, 2019
A film as conscious in its brutality as it is feverish in its forms. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2019
While the merciless avenger is operating under a scorched earth policy, the film still has a twist or two up its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 17, 2019
If the director, Karyn Kusama, exchanged the clever but convoluted story form for a simpler approach it may have achieved a deeper emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 13, 2019
Karyn Kusama's gritty neo-noir crime drama features shades of Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Mann as the City of Angels becomes the backdrop for the riveting crime drama. Nicole Kidman is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 13, 2019
Present in pretty much every frame of the film, Kidman is extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2019
Damaged LAPD detective in search of redemption is the theme of this gritty thriller in which Nicole Kidman strips her physical veneer in what is certainly the most unglamorous role of her career.
March 11, 2019
A fascinating character study that does more for Kidman than it does for the genre. But then, on this kind of form, she deserves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2019
An exceptional genre film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2019
Although Kidman may not be the first name you'd think of to play a vengeful hard-ass, her immense scope has repaid Kusama's gamble, delivering the film its driving force.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2019
Despite Kidman's fierce performance as a strong female protagonist, Destroyer falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2019
...a solid, emotionally resonant film that will have you seeing a frequently overlooked actress in a new, grim light.
Full Review | Original Score: 17/20
February 28, 2019
Kusama's film is a fitfully engaging look at the corrosive effects of cops-and-robbers nihilism. It works, then sputters, then pulls itself together again for a few tougher-than-leather flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2019
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 27, 2019
Karyn Kusama sketches out the architecture for an impressive epic of desire, guilt, and shame that moves the police drama past its generic, one-note and largely male roots.
February 24, 2019
'Destroyer' plays with our expectations about what a movie about a Los Angeles police officer would be. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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