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The Killing Fields Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
April 9, 2008
The intent and outward trappings are all impressively in place, but at its heart there's something missing.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The movie is diffuse and wandering. It's someone telling a long, interesting story who can't get to the point.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
The screen is swamped by a bathetic, self-preening sententiousness.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The best moments are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, the desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 6, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
September 16, 2015
Few feature films have captured a nation's agony more dramatically than Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 24, 2005
Epic and heartrending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's overall thrust -- angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 4, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 6, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 14, 2008
First time feature director Roland Joffe shoots the drama with an unforced realism lent a terrible grace by the handsome images and smooth, unobtrusive long takes...
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 15, 2009
Se a primeira metade impressiona pelo virtuosismo técnico, a segunda fascina pela coragem em observar sem sensacionalismo a magnífica força de vontade de um sobrevivente, beneficiando-se ainda da maravilhosa performance semi-auto-biográfica de Ngor.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2011
A gripping romanticized and somewhat fictionalized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine piece by New York Times journalist Sidney Schanberg.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
January 9, 2015
Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2008
It must be nerve-racking for the producers to offer a tale so lacking in standard melodramatic satisfactions. But the result is worth it, for this is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
September 16, 2015
If you see no more than one film a year, make this the one for 1984.
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