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September 20, 2016
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August 24, 2016
The Killing is elaborate, brilliant, and meaningful, comprising of excellent dialogue and the incomparable talents of Stanley Kubrick as a storyteller, even at such a young age.
August 17, 2016
Kubrick's first masterpiece, THE KILLING deserves to be in everyone's film collection.
½ July 19, 2016
The only thing this forgettable movie killed was my attention span.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
Kubrick already showed early signs of his genius when he brought us this masterpiece, an elaborate heist thriller full of rich details for its time, with a deliciously wry dialogue and a suspenseful plot that grows unbearably tense until the very end.
½ July 13, 2016
In the beginning, Kubrick was a smart, ambitious and playful young director. This is not yet the genius's work, just a fine John Huston - Orson Welles reminiscence.
½ July 1, 2016
The Killing is a pretty solid early Kubrick picture with excellent cinematography, very good performances, solid characters and such a superb, memorable airport end scene, but the entire movie is admittedly a disappointing effort from Kubrick with not that authentic plot and not enough noir thrills to take it to the next level. It is solid, but far from great.
June 11, 2016
The killing, another perfect Stanley Kubrick film yet to be unknown to the public that should have a right to. this is not on everyone else shelf because of the plan story line but up everybody you guys are wrong. A story about guns at moms come on this is not a boring telling of the story is shows of the life of man fighting in the crimes of the cities yet to be to come. Beautiful camerawork beautiful cinematography beautiful just beautiful in black-and-white really it is a must see for everybody if you are Stanley Kubrick fan like I.

A perfect 10
Super Reviewer
½ April 2, 2016
Admittedly, not a movie I would pick out for myself to watch, this wasn't a bad older movie.
I particularly liked the gold digging wife and the ending at the airport.
It's a heist movie, but the characters and acting are very good.
Super Reviewer
½ February 11, 2016
Being a relatively straightforward crime thriller makes it somewhat unique in the Kubrick filmography, and it's still one of the best movies in the genre.
January 30, 2016
One of the best "HEIST" thriller from the master "Kubrick" .
January 7, 2016
Stanley Kubrick's first full length feature film is one of the best heist movies there is, plenty of subsequent filmmakers have drawn inspiration from this film...good acting, great setup, and classic Kubrick shots make this a must see for any cinephile.
January 2, 2016
A brilliantly crafted and wonderfully entertaining film, The Killing stands amongst director Stanley Kubrick's best films. Though lacking the glitz and glamour of his later work, it shows his trademark ability to, well, make great films. A more down-to-earth film, it is brilliantly directed and written and also very well acted. The plan is lays out is very interesting to follow and watch take place and really wraps you up, especially when you see how it all turns out. Overall, The Killing is a fantastic time that may be 60 years old, but goes to show that great films never truly age.
½ December 18, 2015
A stylish early effort from Kubrick, it brings to mind those classic police/heist movies of early Hollywood like 'G Men' and you can see how it influenced modern day films like 'Reservoir Dogs'. It's a really interesting entry in his back catalogue and well worth a Sunday afternoon viewing.
November 18, 2015
Short and sweet, this film's final act has you nervously trembling at the edge of your chair.
September 6, 2015
A must watch for noir buffs.
Super Reviewer
September 2, 2015
A decent film noir and an interesting early work by Kubrick. One that is forgotten for good reason - it is passable but not terribly memorable. One can see Kubrick just pumping this out.
½ August 30, 2015
Once upon a time, before Stanley Kubrick entered the final stages of his career and subsequently emerged as a god and master of his medium, he made a name for himself riding the coattails of France's New Wave heist flicks and made The Killing. Lean, mean and economical to a fault, The Killing gets lost in the shuffle of Kubrick's career landmarks, but the man wielded impressive influence even for an overlooked 80-minute heist flick, with its non-linear narrative influencing the likes of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kubrick's work here is no-frills and elegantly straightforward: Sterling Hayden leads a group of high-profile criminals in the heist of a lifetime; an incredibly intricate robbery of a horse track with cash value of $2 million. No twists and turns, just good old-fashioned theft at the racetrack. The film revels in the gray morality of the characters' good intentions and the tension as the plan begins to unfold. Crime pays, at least until it doesn't.
August 26, 2015
Brilliant crime-noir, smooth as clockwork.
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