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The Act Of Killing Reviews

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January 2, 2018
The result is something we've never seen before - a new type of film - call it psycho-documentary - that's not just about mass crimes but the state of mind that produced them.
September 5, 2017
[An] innovative piece of filmmaking so breathtakingly daring and powerful, it replaces your oxygen with awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 23, 2017
The visual highs and emotional payoffs contained within the film are well worth slogging through its slow patches.
March 29, 2017
Fascinated by the action on screen, we might almost overlook the skill with which The Act of Killing has been conceived, edited, and directed.
July 14, 2016
The Act of Killing is as much a movie about the movies as it is a movie about real-life horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2016
It's graceful and eloquent, and it has as its subject a lierotten culture-not merely in the official cant, but in the hearts and minds of even the poorest people.
February 28, 2016
Through its audacious and confrontational conceit, Killing offers piercing insights into the minds of murderers.
December 31, 2015
Once you grasp just what is being enacted on the screen, The Act of Killing becomes something like a candy-colored moral migraine. An existential nausea is inevitable.
April 28, 2015
A warped phantasmagoria of denial that is essential viewing, even though it's almost impossible to watch.
April 8, 2014
Maddening, sorrowful, brilliant, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 7, 2014
The film of the year, if not the decade, if not documentary history.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 4, 2014
Most challengingly, though, there is something palpably cathartic about the ritual of the re-creations.
January 31, 2014
One of the most audacious documentaries ever made, this mind-boggling film forces us to examine our opinions about human history far beyond the events covered on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 19, 2014
Bizarre documentary featuring Hollywood-inspired, interpretive song and dance reenactments of ethnic cleansing in Indonesia.
| Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2013
Raw and wrenching but narrow retro-focus on the slaughter of millions of Indonesian leftists in collusion with the CIA. But much like Out Of The Furnace, locating truth evasively within the masses, rather than tracing US government and economic roots.
December 16, 2013
It's a long and uncomfortable journey, but The Act of Killing is also fascinating, using film as a hall of mirrors to reveal not just the faces, but the twisted souls, of murderers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 16, 2013
Oppenheimer demonstrates how easily the passive spectator can become an unlikely abettor, and the great cause of his film is to make his actors and audience recognize their moral culpability.
December 16, 2013
[The film explores] what happens when you give those who have done something terrible (in this case, killing thousands) a forum through which to tell their story to see if a new perspective changes their attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 16, 2013
The shock of the final scene must be left unspoken; suffice to say its impact exceeds even the nightmarish queasiness which this brilliant and horrible film has striven to contain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2013
I hate to make statements like this, but here it comes: The Act of Killing may be the strangest documentary you see this year (this decade?).
Full Review | Original Score: B
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