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Killer of Sheep Reviews

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 18, 2010
It's to Burnett's credit that he is able to observe problems of class and race without narrowing his vision to become an 'issues movie' or a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Nearly avant-garde in its purity
Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
The fantastic thing about this beautiful film is how little it tries to make a statement about anything; it is, simply, life.
| Original Score: 5/5
Prairie Miller
January 26, 2008
Burnett is a truly unsung cinematic movie pioneer, clearly in the vanguard in that lonely and trying battle to colorize, so to speak, ideas and experiences in film with his body of unheralded visionary work.
Paula Farmer
November 19, 2007
A little known, long lost classic thankfully becomes available on DVD after decades of obscurity.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 11, 2007
fills the screen with visual poetry that plays like intimate documentary
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
November 9, 2007
A film that is hard to forget.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 29, 2007
It takes an eye-opening, unglamorous view of the black Los Angeles ghetto of the post-Watts riots.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
September 14, 2007
There's a voyeuristic, woe-is-them quality to the film that makes me uncomfortable.
| Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 7, 2007
It may fill you with despair or offer up relief, but you will not be unmoved.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Schmeichel
Jam! Movies
August 31, 2007
Burnett's empathy for his characters is obvious, and his carefully composed vignettes provide a host of indelible images...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 17, 2007
As timeless as the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 3, 2007
Don't go to Killer of Sheep expecting a conventional movie experience. This is an art film, a realistic-yet-poetic examination of a time and place and the people stranded there.
| Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2007
Burnett's documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn't look, feel or breathe like any American work of its generation.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 20, 2007
...his [Burnett's] tale about a south central Los Angeles neighborhood is stunning, and it holds up remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 20, 2007
...about staying put and standing up - about what it means to be a man, or more precisely an adult, in a battering world that, at the end of the day, leaves you too tired to move.
Full Review | Original Score: 94/100
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 20, 2007
Not much seems to be happening in Killer of Sheep, but in reality every moment counts.
| Original Score: 4/4
Beth Accomando
July 2, 2007
It's truly rare to find something this original, honest and insightful.
| Original Score: 10/10
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 21, 2007
Free of the ghetto clichés that fill the movies made by people who have never lived in one, Killer of Sheep is a strongly individual portrait of black, working-class America.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2007
A time capsule of 1970s style and attitude that remains utterly timeless in its respect for its characters and its recognition of the despair, passion, boredom, playfulness and cruelty nurtured not just by life in the ghetto but by life itself.
| Original Score: 4/4
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