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The Killing Reviews

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David Keyes
August 24, 2015
Unequivocally represents the genesis of Kubrick's insightful mindset. It is a living, breathing laboratory of precision and control.
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
February 5, 2015
This taut crime picture was one of the earliest films in the career of Stanley Kubrick, but something of the director's voice and characteristic preoccupations are already evident here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2014
One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2013
Underneath The Killing's clockwork violence is a pungent layer of irony, something Kubrick would further explore many times later in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 24, 2013
Faultless and enjoyable.
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
A brisk, satisfying film noir that features all the details of a racetrack heist gone wrong - even if the timeline is all shuffled out of order. It's thick with atmosphere and razor-sharp dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 16, 2011
Despite this only being his third feature and his first with a significant budget, Kubrick displays many of the thematic preoccupations and visual traits that would come to define his unique, cinematic voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A tight heist thriller from master director Stanley Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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TIME Magazine
August 3, 2011
At 27 Writer-Director Stanley Kubrick, in his third full-length picture, has shown more audacity with dialogue and camera than Hollywood has seen since the obstreperous Orson Welles went riding out of town on an exhibitors' poll.
Rob Gonsalves
October 19, 2010
May be the greatest of American heist films because it bursts the genre to the point of existentialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
January 17, 2010
1956 and it's already Kubrick, being Kubrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Cole Smithey
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5

October 3, 2007
Kubrick made grander and greater films, but this is among his most dramatic.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 3, 2007
Even though he was just staring out, Kubrick instantly mastered the crime genre. A stunning film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
May 8, 2007
[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 1, 2006
Stanley Kubrick's masterful manipulation of chronology brings an excruciating sense of doom to The Killing, a classical noir about a carefully threaded heist unraveled by the scheming of a fiendish femme.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 4, 2006
Stanley Kubrick's third film established him as a full-fledged filmmaker and a potential master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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