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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Adelaide Review
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.
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Taubin
October 1, 2014
The best thing about the enthralling, super-smart Kill Your Darlings is director John Krokidas's ability to capture the excitement of young men's minds on fire.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
October 1, 2014
Kill Your Darlings is by no means perfect, but it's an ambitious and promising first film that gives a handful of young actors the chance to work with a director who has a great deal on his mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 3, 2014
A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
Kill Your Darlings underwhelms on several fronts, but it's difficult to dislike a movie when you find yourself liking everyone in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2014 of the most incompetent and flat-out interminable biopics to come around in quite some time...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
A very well-made film that gives us a peek into the formation of several future gay icons.
David Keyes
June 26, 2014
Lively and driven personalities are indeed what made the Beat Generation what it was, and what it continues to be. Kill Your Darlings seems content, however, to find superficial imitations of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A good showcase for some of our most talented working young male actors, but not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2014
Hooked me from the first moment and kept me hooked all the way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Julian Wood
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
A strong and well observed fifties period piece, Kill Your Darlings brilliantly captures both the heady sense of privilege, and the decadent whiff of The Beat Generation's brief and blazing demimonde.
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
The film suffers from the same problems as last year's On The Road, namely an undue reverence towards its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
A powerful and insightful film about two controversial young writers who were never satisfied with the status quo and sought to change it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
December 16, 2013
A Bracing Look at the Beats
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
December 15, 2013
Kill Your Darlings weaved the mythical origins of the beat generation into a fiercely engaging drama about finding yourself amidst crises of identity, sexuality and art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 11, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe and star-the-making Dane DeHaan deliver superb performances that tap into their character's respective insecurities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 10, 2013
It's less about the flesh and blood Carr than using his in-movie inner-conflict and alleged moral cowardice to underline the travails of an ascendent and newly liberated Ginsberg.
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