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Natural Born Killers Reviews

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Jeff Beck
December 11, 2014
It can easily be said that "Natural Born Killers" ranks among the worst films in Oliver Stone's filmography. It's an incompetently-made attempt at drilling home an incredibly simplistic point that anyone can learn from turning on the news.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Stone...doesn't know the meaning of moderation or subtlety, and opts instead for something that is excessive and self-indulgent. It's as if he wants to shout out the statement: 'Look at what I can do! I'm an artist!'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 10, 2008
Stone has guts, I'll grant him that; but he needn't have spilled so much of it in our laps.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Welcome to Natural Born Killers, Stone's empty, manic meditation on society's glorification of violence and the ugly heroes it loves to hate.
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
This film totally misses the point and turns into the exact thing Stone wanted to criticize...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 25, 2006
An incoherent, experimental acid trip so unbearably pretentious that it gave me newfound respect for the Warren Commission. A real torture test.
| Original Score: 1/10
David Keyes
January 27, 2014
It plays like a mad dash across the cerebral mind-field in search of the right mood, and fails drastically at finding one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2009
Natural Born Killers finds Stone throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
America's obsession with tabloid television and with the psychopaths whose lives the shows sensationalize is the ostensible target of Oliver Stone's latest bombastic and self-righteous exploration of evil in America.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
[Stone's] idea of subtlety is to put a velvet Crown Royale sack over a hammer before he smacks you in the face with it repeatedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 14, 2003
Flashy, loathsome, and utterly empty.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The main problem with that it degenerates into the very thing it criticizes.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Stone's attempt to break new ground with stylized visuals, MTV editing and a story that combines parody and satire, is more annoying than enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Made in the style of an MTV video...Natural Born Killers is exactly the kind of bullying, mindless assault that Stone excoriates the media for perpetrating.
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Few filmmakers in the last twenty years have so consistently had so little to say as loudly as Oliver Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As a satirist, [Stone's] an elephant ballerina.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
January 3, 2006
One of the most audacious, timely, but also deeply problematic films, a feverish nightmare of American culture at its worst, which might explain the heated controversy and legal battles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Seeing this movie once is not enough. The first time is for the visceral experience, the second time is for the meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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