Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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November 21, 2019
Kill Your Darlings is an intellectual challenge that may have under-indulged in its history, but it is rescued by its sultry undertones and the stellar performances of DeHaan and Radcliffe.
August 28, 2019
Krokidas's romantic sense of the characters and the moment corresponds precisely to the way those young men saw themselves-at once closeted and defiant, making up the rules of art and sexuality as they went along.
June 4, 2019
An electric debut full of energy and style echoing the confidence/competence of a seasoned pro.
April 10, 2019
A success-despite its flaws, it successfully dramatizes some of the most canonized figures in modern literature without relying on their reputation, making them cool, young, and edgy again.
March 6, 2019
An enjoyable watch without ever doing anything especially interesting... What Kill Your Darlings does have going for it, are the performances.
January 16, 2019
Radcliffe's portrayal of the young man, along with the real Ginsberg's legacy, makes us cheer right along with the filmmakers.
November 1, 2018
This is not just a film for people who love 'the fine arts'; anyone who has a passion for creativity and freedom should find something to enjoy here.
August 28, 2018
It's DeHaan, though, that makes this film. His Carr is constantly on edge, constantly in denial, pushing at everyone around him to create a world, a movement, in which he might finally be comfortable.
August 22, 2018
Ben Foster was terrific as Burroughs, and you completely forget Harry Potter when you see Radcliffe as Ginsberg.
January 3, 2018
I'm not sure John Krokidas's lively debut film makes the Beats very likeable - to this reviewer they come across as a gang of spoiled and pretentious young jerks. But that insight (if indeed it is intentional) is not without value.
November 14, 2017
As with a lot of weak movies about writers, this one relies on hyper-cranked montages of coiffed artistes clacking away at typewriters and throwing pages in the air while hoofing their drugs of choice.
October 31, 2017
This debut feature from director John Krokidas is a real gem.
October 20, 2017
Darlings never hits that next level, though, remaining a rather shallow, if enjoyable anyway, look at the formative years of the Beat generation.
August 29, 2017
It's Radcliffe's engaging tortured performance that satisfactorily takes us into the revolutionary Beat scene in NYC
July 7, 2017
Radcliffe is the sizzle in the mix. Making yet another daring choice in his post-Potter career, he brings out both Ginsberg's nerdiness and his career-making otherness.
June 29, 2017
As Ginsberg, Radcliffe shows great vulnerability, as a man in love who can't express it, and a passionate and intelligent one still prone to naivety.
August 10, 2016
Krokidas' film takes a wisely neutral view of the tale, meaning that we get to both revel in the lads' transgressions and see how all this indulgence can turn sour.
May 20, 2016
The sensual chemistry between Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan is fantastic, just occasionally upstaged by Ben Foster, who does a great job capturing the voice and mannerisms of the dry Burroughs.
April 12, 2016
Beat movies are just a sign that a new wave of such whiners has arrived to see them, and, because movies take years to make, is probably already progressing beyond the adolescent obsessions that the moviemakers thought to capitalize on.
October 10, 2014
Few [Harry] Potter fans will be tempted to chance their luck while most adults will be left with fearsomely bright but relatively unlovable characters.
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