Kill Your Darlings Reviews

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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.
October 17, 2013
Kill Your Darlings wants to be a young man's movie, but it's all "cinema du papa," as the French New Wave used to call it.
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October 17, 2013
The saving grace of Kill Your Darlings is its sordid romantic angle, a narrative thread that pulls the film away from wink-wink allusions and into more serious emotional territory.
October 17, 2013
Sex, lies, betrayal and murder set among the gods of the Beat Generation. That's Kill Your Darlings, a dark beauty of a film that gets inside your head and stays there.
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October 16, 2013
From the incense-soaked bohemian off-campus parties to the source music by Jo Stafford and the Andrews Sisters, the period atmosphere evokes style. But something is missing here, like a clear perspective.
October 16, 2013
The excellently acted, fact-inspired "Kill Your Darlings" is a consistently interesting origin story with impressive period details ...
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.
October 16, 2013
[A] brash, bristling, highly watchable film.
October 15, 2013
This multi-faceted tale - part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, part intellectual disquisition of a socio-literary movement - is well-shot, assuredly directed and sharply written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn.
October 15, 2013
There's a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it's hard to hear it beating.
October 15, 2013
Mr. Krokidas deftly shows how the ambition to write is entangled with other impulses. The emergence of Allen's poetic vocation is almost a subplot in a story about guilt, lust, friendship and murder.
October 14, 2013
A captivating look at an American literary giant in those years before he was ready to howl.
September 14, 2013
Radcliffe - hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality - holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life.
September 14, 2013
An unquestionable improvement over last year's paint-by-numbers On the Road, but it still falls victim to the kind of idol worship that has made most movies about the Beats hard to take.
September 5, 2013
Unlike Walter Salles's recent adaptation of On The Road, which embraced the Beat philosophy with a wide and credulous grin, Kill Your Darlings is inquisitive about the movement's worth, and the genius of its characters is never assumed.
January 30, 2013
There is a chemistry between [Radcliffe and DeHaan] that is more than just sexual.
January 22, 2013
A mysterious Beat Generation footnote is fleshed out with skilled performances, darkly poetic visuals and a vivid rendering of 1940s academia in Kill Your Darlings.
January 22, 2013
And the Beat goes on, this time in a syncopated study that sheds light in particular on the young Allen Ginsberg.
January 20, 2013
Kill Your Darlings may be best described as an intellectual moral maze, a story perfectly of its time and yet one that still resonates today.
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