The Killing Reviews

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September 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
March 15, 2018
The first genuinely great film by Stanley Kubrick...
August 24, 2015
Unequivocally represents the genesis of Kubrick's insightful mindset. It is a living, breathing laboratory of precision and control.
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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2013
Faultless and enjoyable.
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.
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.
August 15, 2011
A tight heist thriller from master director Stanley Kubrick.
August 11, 2011
Top Critic
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.
October 19, 2010
May be the greatest of American heist films because it bursts the genre to the point of existentialism.
January 17, 2010
1956 and it's already Kubrick, being Kubrick.
February 21, 2008
October 3, 2007
Kubrick made grander and greater films, but this is among his most dramatic.
October 3, 2007
Even though he was just staring out, Kubrick instantly mastered the crime genre. A stunning film.
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.
May 8, 2007
Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.
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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