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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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January 15, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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 2, 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 13, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
September 3, 2014
A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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