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August 29, 2017
"Killer's Kiss" doesn't add up to one of the all-time great film noir flicks, but it's better than average: It's quick, nicely shot, and fun to watch. It's the equivalent of a paperback torn through quickly and enjoy, only to find out the author later did some great work.
July 11, 2017
The beginning of Kubrick. Hints of the genius that made him the greatest director of all time.
June 29, 2017
Kubrick being my favorite director/moviemaker, it was a real treat to see what he was capable of doing even without a crew and a low budget. It's definitely his most non-Kubrick film meaning that he was still trying out his style with the camera and the way tell the story.

Regardless, it was a pretty interesting story, although short. How about that mannequin factory fight scene, huh? I thought it was really original and interesting and the fight sequence seemed very genuine.

Overall, it was a great movie. It was really cool to see a director and one of my biggest inspirations sort of hone in on his craft and generate his own style almost like watching a genius in the making.
½ April 15, 2017
One of the first Kubrick films, film noir, and you can see the master handwriting in this one.
January 18, 2017
Atmospheric, beautifully shot, and showing early signs of Kubrick's expertise on unique angles, Killer's Kiss works more than as one of the early works of this great director, but it stands on its own as a compelling noir.
½ November 7, 2016
The writing, unfortunately, never lives up to the visionary directing and wonderful cinematography.
November 3, 2016
Kubrick completists will enjoy seeing the great man finessing his talent with this hour-long pulp thriller, shot beautifully by Kubrick in the deserted misty streets and rooftops of Brooklyn and the neon of Times Square. It's a love triangle, no more - and has lots of rough edges and infelicities such as the dubbed soundtrack and lumpy dialogue, but it's still interesting.
October 8, 2016
A solid film, but nothing extraordinary. There are definitely hints of greatness, and even some similar visual ideas and motifs that Kubrick would perfect in later movies, but on the whole, the story is pretty standard, the acting is dodgy, and there just isn't too much to make it stand out. Not awful, but not great.
August 27, 2016
Stanley Kubrick was slowly mastering his trade when he made "Killer's Kiss." This brief boxing drama with a touch of noir is just short of the director's later masterpieces, but it's exceptional still.
½ August 25, 2016
Killer's Kiss is by no means a bad movie thanks to its climactic sequence, but it is certainly nowhere near the level of genius Stanley Kubrick brings to the screen, partially due to an interference in the ending and the premise taking too long to formulate a viable story.
½ August 16, 2016
Killer's Kiss is ambitious, but multitasks by trying to exhibit an observation of sexual lust and a plodding pace - for a relatively short movie.
½ December 21, 2015
Considering the budget of the film, it was nicely done. A little Hithcock-ian, I felt, but a tight Kubrick narrative made the film worthwhile.
½ December 13, 2015
I watched this about 3 weeks ago and don't remember a lot about it, that says more about the movie than my memory, I think. I don't recall it being special in any way that I would expect from Stanley Kubrick. It was a very early film of his though.
November 12, 2015
Terrific story by Kubrick...42nd St., Grand Concourse, and rooftop chase and climactic axe battle scenes were phenomenal!!
½ November 1, 2015
Kubrick's second feature is a straight film noir, albeit at the tail end of that genre's heyday. But you can see his creative spark in the film's style -- or perhaps he's crossed the line into ostentatious style for style's sake? In this way, the film draws from Orson Welles (perhaps especially The Lady from Shanghai for the final fight to the death). However, the low budget and the New York City locations also bring Cassavetes to mind (although this film is clearly scripted whereas Shadows was...less so). Down and out fighter Davey Gordon (played by Jamie Smith) falls for his neighbour Gloria (played by Irene Kane) who is in a mess of trouble because of her involvement with dancehall mobster Rapallo (Frank Silvera). There's a pretty brutal boxing scene, a nice tracking shot in the dancehall, a few optical special effects, and that scene with the naked mannequins at the end. In fact, there's a few nods to voyeurism along the way which serve to increase the tension (sex plus violence). Worth a look, especially if you think of this as a student film.
September 17, 2015
The master just beginning. So many great shots.
August 27, 2015
The story is pretty industry standard but this early Film Noir effort from Kubrick is so beautifully shot and framed you can see why he went on to make such great films. You could watch it on mute to be honest and just admire the visuals.
August 26, 2015
Kubrick's making much of out little with his second feature. It's not easy being washed up.
½ August 8, 2015
After his directorial debut, the extremely hard to find and forgotten "Fear and Desire", a young Stanley Kubrick decided that his second feature film would be about a subject he knew very much thanks to his previous job as a photographer of Look Magazine: Boxing.
Davey Gordon is a veteran boxer who is constantly losing thanks to its age. Eventually he meets a woman named Gloria, who lives next to his department and the two start to bond causing the anger and jealousy of the Gloriaīs employer Vincent.
The silver screen has provided hundreds of boxing movies that are primarily a drama like the first "Rocky" and "Raging Bull". So what does Killerīs Kiss has to offer? "Killerīs Kiss" is an independent film noir that has decent acting by a cast of filled with nobodies, a pretty energetic and somewhat memorable score that's used wisely, gorgeous locations, a well executed noir style, the camera movements and angles are amazing considering the filmīs limitations (you can see the beginning of Kubrick style), a masterful use of light, a well used fast pacing, a simple story that manages to hold your attention throughout the filmīs short running time, a clean cut script that gets numerous elements right despite its short length, and a memorable/ intense climax that mimics a boxing match and provides some iconic imagery. With all that being said, "Killerīs Kiss" is mostly a forgettable film thanks to its financial/creative limitations and Kubrickīs inexperience. It's not fair to compare this little film noir to his latter works due to his inexperience but it is also not fair to give this slightly above average film a pass due to it has Kubrickīs name on its credits. Sure, it has the earlier signs of his genius (the reason why this film needs to be seen) but at the same time it leaves no impact in its audience.
"Killerīs Kiss" is a well made film that shows the potential of a young filmmaker but it is ultimately a forgettable drama that serves more as an exercise for Kubrickīs directing abilities than a standalone film.
May 12, 2015
Kubrick does Hitchcock, with an icy blonde, a romance producing love in two days and an innocent man caught in up in a world of crime. It has little of the master of suspense's charm or way of drawing you in, however. In fact the first half is pretty slow and even borders on boring. Thankfully the second half delivers where it counts, using great technique to up the pace and the excitement leading to an iconic end struggle.
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