First They Killed My Father Reviews

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September 21, 2017
First They Killed My Father is a sensitively rendered account of one child's real-life experience, but its broader implications are noteworthy too.
September 21, 2017
A sincere attempt to paint a portrait of a country gone mad.
September 18, 2017
The Khmer Rouge's repressions and exactions are depicted fearsomely, but many of Jolie's images are postcard-pretty, and their emotional range depends mainly upon the child actors' tremulous and steadfast expressions.
September 16, 2017
A rare film about a national tragedy told through the eyes and mind of a child, and as fine a war movie as has ever been made.
September 15, 2017
Jolie's masterstroke is that she never departs from the gaze of her young protagonist.
September 15, 2017
By now, there should be no debating that Angelina Jolie is a talented director, capable of handling the most challenging subject matter with assurance and sensitivity.
September 15, 2017
Jolie is often patronized as a humanitarian who makes worthy films to rouse an indifferent public, like that's a bad thing. It also denies the visceral impact and artful shape of her work. 'First They Kill' is a labor of love.
September 15, 2017
Jolie the woke celebrity and Jolie the artist seem caught at a crossroads with this film, juggling instincts that put her inner Terrence Malick and Ken Burns at odds with one another.
September 14, 2017
The best work Jolie's done yet. Still, every time Loung's captors holler, "You must have a revolutionary spirit!", I wondered if Jolie ever feels the urge to make truly rebellious art.
September 14, 2017
Though this story couldn't mean more to Jolie, she hasn't been able to make it mean as much to us.
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