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The Act Of Killing Reviews

December 16, 2013
Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2013
The emotional places this troubling movie takes him to are rewardingly primal and potent, forcing both subject and viewer to wrestle with internal demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2013
I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness.
August 16, 2013
This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 15, 2013
In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 8, 2013
Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary interviews leaders of Indonesian death squads responsible for deaths of millions & has them re-enact the killings. The combination of drama therapy and accidental self-exposure - utterly bizarre, unexpected and valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2013
[A] unique and unforgettable documentary.
August 8, 2013
The acts it describes are shocking, the world it shows is shocking and the filmmaking itself is shocking. This is not a film easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 1, 2013
Directors Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn have created something extraordinary in The Act of Killing, the much-talked-about documentary about torture and murder during the Indonesian dictatorship of the '60s and '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 1, 2013
A horrifying yet mesmerizing work, "The Act of Killing" instructively meanders at times as in a Werner Herzog film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2013
This riveting documentary about political mass murder in Indonesia incorporates the killers' own movie fantasies about their massacres and deepens our understanding of the fascist brain.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 1, 2013
It is utterly chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
Better characters could hardly have been invented.
August 1, 2013
What Oppenheimer is after is a parallel story, a glimpse into the minds of men who can recount mass killings and think "Those were the days."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
"The Act of Killing" works on so many levels -- psychodrama, horror movie, Orwellian nightmare, Poe story -- that sifting through your reactions could take days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2013
I can't be more direct. "The Act of Killing" is one of the most extraordinary films you'll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere, and that includes the whole Bollywood thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2013
It's a film that is absolutely hard to watch. It's also a film that absolutely should be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
July 25, 2013
Whatever you call it, The Act of Killing is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2013
It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 25, 2013
[It] may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying.
July 19, 2013
I have watched hundreds of hours of war crimes, genocides and miscarriages of justice carried out by unremarkable men with dimly lit souls. "The Act of Killing" bids to outdo them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2013
It will leave you breathless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 18, 2013
It's a virtually unprecedented social document.
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
July 18, 2013
Among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen.
July 18, 2013
This chilling documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, has a twisted but illuminating point of entry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2013
This is not a movie that lets go of you easily.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2013
There are good reasons to see The Act of Killing, a new documentary directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, but pleasure is not among them.
July 18, 2013
By tackling one man's sense of right and wrong (or lack thereof), Oppenheimer is ultimately tackling human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 17, 2013
However, by humanizing psychopathic behavior, "The Act of Killing" is unparalleled in its unsettling perspective on the delusions associated with dictatorial extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 16, 2013
A supreme testament to the cinema's capacity for inquiry, confrontation, and remembrance.
July 16, 2013
Crime but no punishment in remarkably revealing film about Indonesian death squads.
July 16, 2013
A blood-boiling look at a crime whose perpetrators remain national heroes in their native Indonesia.
July 16, 2013
"The Act of Killing" is disquieting, uncomfortable ... and riveting."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2013
The most gut-wrenching 'making of' documentary of all time.
Read More | Original Score: 7.9/10
July 15, 2013
Bizarre to the point of trippiness, yet it's one of the most lucid portraits of evil I've ever seen.