Reviews

Sep 16, 2021
Once one has commended the newsreel-style camerawork and Sterling Hayden, there is little left to do but wait, not too impatiently, for Kubrick's next feature, Paths of Glory.
May 2, 2021
Even at this late date...we're allowed to watch at least the first 20 minutes of the first jewel in director Stanley Kubrick's crown thinking "this isn't all that."
Aug 23, 2020
With intelligent characters, a singular plot, and a practically perfect ending, it's a brilliant early entry for one of cinema's most influential directors.
Dec 3, 2019
The result is one of the year's freshest and most exciting crime dramas, establishing twenty-seven-year-old Stanley Kubrick as a writer-director of impressive talents.
Sep 29, 2019
The Killing (1956) is a stylish but stark film noir crime drama, and the definitive heist-caper movie - a story of greed and infidelity. The classic, dark-edged black and white film was 28 year-old writer/director Stanley Kubrick's third film
Mar 15, 2018
The first genuinely great film by Stanley Kubrick...
Aug 24, 2015
Unequivocally represents the genesis of Kubrick's insightful mindset. It is a living, breathing laboratory of precision and control.
Feb 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.
Mar 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.
Sep 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.
Jun 24, 2013
Faultless and enjoyable.
Oct 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 15, 2011
A tight heist thriller from master director Stanley Kubrick.
Aug 11, 2011
Plotted with the kind of Swiss-watch precision and attention to detail that would eventually get Kubrick labeled Hollywood's most notorious perfectionist.
Aug 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.
Oct 19, 2010
May be the greatest of American heist films because it bursts the genre to the point of existentialism.
Jan 17, 2010
1956 and it's already Kubrick, being Kubrick.
Feb 21, 2008
Oct 3, 2007
Kubrick made grander and greater films, but this is among his most dramatic.