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The Act Of Killing Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
December 16, 2013
[There is] an emotional disconnect that seems downright dangerous in a film about genocide.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Richard von Busack
August 14, 2013
These bizarre images distract from the question at the center of the film: whether it was film-watching itself that carried the seed of all this cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound
December 16, 2013
The emotionally manipulative use of some of the material raises all kinds of questions about veracity.
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
January 5, 2014
Offers too many repetitive sections in which Anwar and company seem to be waxing nostalgic rather than exploring the implications of what they did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Louis Proyect
July 20, 2013
A cynically exploitative film made in the name of human rights, which it has about as much to do with as the Punked show on MTV.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2013
Oppenheimer allows murderous thugs free rein to preen their atrocities, and then fobs it all off as some kind of exalted art thing. This is more than an aesthetic crime; it's a moral crime.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Maddening, sorrowful, brilliant, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ruth Brown
Willamette Week
December 16, 2013
Of all the uncomfortable experiences you might endure in the name of understanding the evils of history, this film is arguably the kind that is most necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 2, 2013
Watching these crazy loons make a movie about their crimes against humanity may not be the most pleasant way to spend an evening. But you can't deny that it's utterly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Manori Ravindran
National Post
July 18, 2013
As filming continues, the quiet brilliance behind the assignment comes to light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
July 19, 2013
Presenting a terrifying view of a hidden holocaust and a moral apocalypse in which the most basic humanities have become twisted beyond recognition, The Act of Killing is a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
July 18, 2013
Atrocity hides beneath a grandfather's gentle smile in "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer's remarkable, unnerving documentary portrait of barbarity and its lasting legacies.
Full Review | Original Score: *****
John Serba
August 22, 2013
Oppenheimer captures dozens of shocking, candid moments... My initial reaction was disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
May 10, 2013
The brutal honesty that fills The Act Of Killing is a true testament to Joshua Oppenheimer's crafty documentarian skills which emotionally break characters down without them even knowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
August 8, 2013
The Act of Killing will mesmerize, confound and haunt you. From the opening scenes you'll wonder if what you're watching is real. And by the end you'll wish that it had all been a horrible fever dream.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stefan Pape
June 26, 2013
Hopefully there will be as much of a lasting effect on the killers as this picture has on the viewer, in a feature that isn't likely to escape you easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
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+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 9, 2013
Documentary cinema has a new apex.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 18, 2013
The cumulative impact is devastating, and very far from a simple Western condemnation of another country's brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 30, 2013
Unforgettable. A no-fooling work of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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