Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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December 6, 2013
Foster is wonderful as the watchful, weak Burroughs, at ease only when drugged, with a mouth like a cat's bum. But DeHaan is even better.
December 5, 2013
Revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career.
December 2, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe is back in a pair of nerdy specs as Allen Ginsberg in this sincere, heartfelt film about how the gay beat poet found his voice
November 26, 2013
Bursting with hipster attitude and New York atmosphere, the fact-based "Kill Your Darlings" is a coming-of-age chronicle that morphs into a crime story without missing a beat.
November 22, 2013
You don't need to know the Beats to understand "Kill Your Darlings," you just need to know the twinkling promise, and dark turns, of life.
November 14, 2013
Overall the movie seems to wander, like the worst excesses of free verse, needing a little structure to rein it in.
November 14, 2013
Dramatizing a passion for the written word on film can be tricky, but in his feverish Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas brings creative desire to life with vigor and emotion.
November 8, 2013
"Kill Your Darlings" occupies some in-between place, with young, intelligent actors working hard at being gritty as their director makes sure we see every ounce of effort.
November 8, 2013
Kill Your Darlings is a tale of inspiration, then, but also a tale of jealousy, obsession, homophobia, and homicide. It's a whirlwind.
November 7, 2013
A stylish-looking story that often presents the players as self-congratulating caricatures, overly proud of their own cleverness.
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.
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.
October 31, 2013
Though based on fact, the film is awash in delicious and difficult ambiguities.
October 31, 2013
That Ginsberg is played by Daniel Radcliffe might come as a shock, but the movie rolls on and you realize you're in very good hands.
October 31, 2013
This debut feature by New York University graduate John Krokidas outpaces most dramatic films about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs, pushing back the legend enough to consider them as people.
October 25, 2013
Director and co-writer John Krokidas doesn't have a very fluent gift for period re-creation - everything seems stagy - and most of the actors, playing divas of various stripes, overact.
October 24, 2013
This vibrant portrait of a legendary New York bohemia in the 1940s transcends its flaws by evoking genuine feeling for poets in their youth.
October 18, 2013
A sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat poets ...
October 18, 2013
The only thing it really kills is about an hour and a half.
October 17, 2013
Krokidas develops a nice rhythm - crucial for any film about the Beat movement - even if the composition feels a bit too meticulous.
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