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Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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August 5, 2018
An excitingly screaming romanticisation of the genesis of the Beat Generation inaugurated by Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and the murder of Lucien's predator that inspire their bohemian writing career.
April 17, 2018
This movie doesn't do anything spectacular, but it is still enjoyable. It's actually quite ... "meh". It's a gay and hipster-filled story about sacrifice told in a vigorous way.
½ April 17, 2018
While the acting and the story is good, it's also a bit of a downer as the manipulative versus needy nature between the main characters tends to get rather bitter as the movie comes to a close.
½ March 13, 2018
This film genuinely tries to be artistic and succeeds in that right, however some of the acting performances and aspects of the screenplay can come off as poorly done. nevertheless, its artistic merit and willingness to tell an amazing story was enough to keep viewers entertained, and most importantly, moved.
November 23, 2017
The acting was amazingly good. The story kept me interested and the characters were lovable.
October 15, 2017
This movie has been acted brilliantly. I had not been aware of the history of the beat generation but this movie got me interested to read up on it
July 18, 2017
Famed guy and another famed guy turn out to be coke soaking buddies. The only good thing about the beat generation is that they were more dissolute and did not stick to the rules. They helped break the molds. This film may show them more annoying and idiotic than they were.
½ July 1, 2017
Based on the true story about the famous American poet Allen Ginsberg in his early years at the University of Columbia, where he falls in love for another student and suddenly is involved in a murder investigation. Daniel Radcliffe delivers a good performance in his first role as a real person.
February 12, 2017
Kill Your Darlings is a magnificent effort by first-time filmmaker John Krokidas. The movie is based on a true story set in 1944 when a young Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs all congregated together in New York City, and whose lives were forever changed when a mutual friend, Lucian Carr, killed an acquaintance of theirs.

The project attracted one of the most acclaimed independent film casts of all time, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston, and David Cross.

The prevailing motif throughout the film focuses on the cyclical nature of art as well as life. With this in mind, Krokidas lays out a non-traditional plot structure that begins at the end of this true tale, jumps back in time, and as the movie unfolds, eventually circles back on itself.

The final result is a showcase of great performances paired with an equally striking aesthetic. Krokidas' unique blend of camera movement, sound design, graphics, and occasional distortion of time is a rarity among small-budget productions helmed by a debut filmmaker, making this gem that much more impressive.
January 7, 2017
Kill Your Darlings has assembled a great cast, but it has trouble making sense of the story it is telling. The film is based on real people, but it all feels so contrived that it could be a soap opera. The performances elevate the mess of plot to make Kill Your Darlings a reasonably enjoyable watch for the most part.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2016
A very engaging biopic, even more for those acquainted with these Beat Generation poets but not with this early event in their lives involving a decisive murder - and Radcliffe and DeHaan shine with a surprising chemistry together, leading a great ensemble cast.
November 22, 2016
Very bad. Daniel Radcliffe is really good though.
October 9, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe is one of his most mature roles as Alan Ginsberg, narrating his interaction with thecreatores of beat generation. Good choice as a curiosity.
½ September 30, 2016
Intense, dark, and twisted; yet playful in all the right places.
September 19, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan works perfectly together in Kill Your Darlings, an emotional (sad) and exciting drama about the life of poet Allen Ginsberg.
½ September 11, 2016
Kill your Darlings is a romantically inspired take on the New Vision movement from the 40s that is completed with a great cast, but some of its moments are sort of blurred by weak direction, still, is an interesting voyage through the homosexual repression, and a delight for the potential writers.
July 31, 2016
This movie is complicated, and that's perfect. I love complicated.
½ July 18, 2016
Gorgeous characters and chemistry between Daniel and Dane, kill your darlings left me breathless and wanting more. There was occasional points I didn't follow as well, but overall this movie is one of my all time favourites
Super Reviewer
July 16, 2016
An energetic tale of literature, obsession, and murder.
May 8, 2016
throughout the movie you won't even understand the theme of it, which is frustrating. I almost felt like i was watching 2 different movies with same characters. But the end " it connected everything. Filled every gap every concerns and made the movie understandable.
Direction could be considered heteronotonous. It wasn't consistent. There was music in the background towards the ending and not at the beginning.
Acting was great, hands down there.
Not all characters were defined well but the important ones were greatly gutfull.
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