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The Killing Fields Reviews

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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
The screen is swamped by a bathetic, self-preening sententiousness.
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Variety Staff
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film's overall thrust -- angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date.
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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
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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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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
The director, Roland Joffe, and his photographer, Chris Menges, capture all of this with a realism that hasn't been so poetically convincing in a nondocumentary context since Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers.