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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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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
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
September 14, 2013
"Kill Your Darlings" doesn't really humanize these characters beyond half-drawn caricatures in an origin tale that wouldn't be out of place in an average super hero film.
Full Review | Original Score: c+
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
September 14, 2013
Never really hits or finds its footing, making it a decent and at times inspiring film, but one that leaves you wanting to dive more fully into either Carr or Ginsberg's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: c
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
October 17, 2013
For a film that goes out of its way time and time again to tell the audience that its protagonist was a pioneering wunderkind who helped revolutionise an artform and thought outside the box, John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is awfully staid.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 15, 2013
There's a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it's hard to hear it beating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 20, 2013
Doesn't really get past the awkwardness of signifying important historical events and personages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
November 26, 2013
A grim murder and Daniel Radcliffe's big gay sex scene don't really tell us the story on how the Beats became the beats, or why they matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 18, 2013
A disappointingly familiar tale of unrequited gay love. (The film's) strong opening and closing sections don't provide me quite enough incentive to recommend it other than to the most ardent fans of (Daniel) Radcliffe and/or the Beat writers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike Scott
November 22, 2013
Krokidas seems more intent on setting a mood than telling a story, and in creating a feeling than building suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
October 15, 2013
At the film's core is vagueness bordering on ambiguity. Not much of a beating heart for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tony Macklin
November 24, 2013
Kill Your Darlings is more about the makers of the Bleat Generation than the Beat Generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2013
"Kill Your Darlings" ... feels like it is trying too hard. Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2013
An overmatched star and a scarcity of eccentricity sink this hip-lit origin story from director John Krokidas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 30, 2013
Nothing wrong with the performances, it's the writing and directing that fail to deliver
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Christy Lemire
October 18, 2013
A sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat poets ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2013
The only thing it really kills is about an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
Ultimately ... two points of emphasis must be pared down to one, and this is where "Kill Your Darlings," arriving at the fork in the road, makes the wrong turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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Rafer Guzman
November 7, 2013
A lukewarm Radcliffe, plus a wandering script, make for a fair-to-middling movie, but the raw material of this dark corner of Beat history remains fascinating.
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