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Good Kill Reviews

May 23, 2015
Good Kill excels as a character study with Niccol's screenplay making Egan a fascinatingly conflicted and flawed individual and Ethan Hawke giving one of his best recent performances bringing the man to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2015
But the visuals pack a visceral punch. Every time Tom zeroes in on a target, every time he pushes that button, what we see on those monitors is brutally authentic.
Read More | Original Score: 3.0
May 22, 2015
"Good Kill" is darkly enlightening, but it's not really all that good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 21, 2015
The audience seems likely to leave feeling scolded or pandered to, depending. Not a great time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 21, 2015
"Good Kill" wants to use the movies as a Trojan horse to confront us with our international sins. It's a worthy effort, even if it's not a very well-built horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2015
Thoughtful and immensely gripping ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 21, 2015
One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2015
Directed and written by Andrew Niccol (whose phenomenal 1997 film Gattaca also starred Hawke), and supposedly "based on actual events," Good Kill raises important questions about the nature of modern warfare, but it is a bit heavy-handed and strained.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2015
The discomfiting premise and a fine performance by Hawke make this somewhat thinly written drama worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2015
The bold, confrontational tone commands one's attention, and the cast -- which also includes Bruce Greenwood and Zoe Kravitz -- is superb.
May 21, 2015
For the most part, "Good Kill" asks pertinent, enduring questions, not by way of polemic, but through the study of a character whose professionalism and competence are given full respect, even when they're challenged by the mission at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 21, 2015
We need to have a dialogue about the wages of war in the remote-control era. But it's hard to spark a good dialogue with movies whose dialogue is so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2015
This is repugnant stuff. But, at least in the film, there's no gray area.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2015
Potent enough to make me wish it were less clunky.
May 17, 2015
An intelligent but not terribly effective drama. And its discussion of military ethics, especially with regard to what it means to be able to kill people without physical consequences, is promising, but it does not go far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
May 16, 2015
It's a movie that hits every one of its ideological targets, but still winds up missing the mark.
May 15, 2015
Good Kill is well-intentioned, but the topic of joystick combat needs more nuanced treatment than it gets here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 15, 2015
Good Kill is half-measure, with a redemptive ending that plays as safe and bogus.
May 14, 2015
Where Niccol succeeds is in creating an atmosphere of self-loathing, both for those manning the drones and the audience watching them work.
May 14, 2015
What Niccol is really interested in ... is what this kind of warfare does to the men and women pushing the buttons and adding up the numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2015
Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in "Good Kill," and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity.
May 14, 2015
It's thoughtful and timely, offering an unsettling look at the two faces of modern warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2015
Compelling as the subject may be, its abstract nature would challenge the most skillful of dramatists, and Mr. Niccol's script seldom rises above slogans, argumentation and standard-brand domestic tension.
May 14, 2015
Will gamers be the drone pilots of tomorrow? Will death lose its sting? Niccol conjectures all over the place. He's doing too much, pushing too hard. Condemn the guy or clone him? You be the judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2015
Niccol's film may not be perfect, but it shines a light on a subject many viewers will know vaguely by name - and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2015
It's all far more unsettling than any horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2015
The picture is quiet, tense, and thoughtful.
May 11, 2015
Hawke is on a roll right now, and "Good Kill" stirs him to another performance of cogency and zeal. Is it sufficient, however, to support an entire movie?
April 10, 2015
Good Kill convincingly shows us a development in warfare that's only going to become ever more important, one that we've been preferring not to think too much about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2015
The writer and director Andrew Niccol's quietly intelligent drama about drone warfare explores the gradual breakdown of a man's self-respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2015
This smart and serious thinkpiece never loses sight of the overheads: the steep personal price paid by Egan, and the collateral damage incurred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2015
Doesn't shake you in your seat, but some very effective moments, and it poses some complex moral questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2015
A sombre, intelligent drama that critiques Obama's ongoing drone policy while still positioning its button-pushing characters as tortured anti-heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2014
There is, of course, no such thing as a "good kill". Andrew Niccol's drama will remind you of that, repeatedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
September 11, 2014
Heavy on speeches and light on actual drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
September 8, 2014
Andrew Niccol takes on the topical issue of drone strikes in a tense war drama notable for its tact and intelligence.
September 8, 2014
Psychologically complex and unsettling ...