Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anwen Crawford, Lauren Carroll Harris, Rochelle Siemienowicz
Rating Title/Year Author
Acute Misfortune (2019) Lauren Carroll Harris [It] explores both the destructive masculinity upon which Cullen built his personal mythology, and the way Australian culture romanticises blokey dysfunction. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Lauren Carroll Harris Stay open to life, never close down. To me, Let The Sunshine In seems a great film. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Lauren Carroll Harris I suspect, however, that Corbet's aims are actually more modest than many critics have credited: to create a fun, irony-drenched visual story that skips through a frenzied life with the rhythm of a video clip. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Unsane (2018) Lauren Carroll Harris Its stalker logic feels real and converges its form with its content: medical industry connivances conspire with the perversion of romantic love EDIT
Posted May 2, 2018
Drinking Buddies (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz Surprisingly wise. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Le week-end (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz Beautifully written and performed, there are biting truths here that will resonate with anyone who's lived in a long term relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
All Is Lost (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz Powerful. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Nebraska (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz Nebraska manages to maintain a perky outlook, while still being bleakly realistic about ageing and the experience of living with persistent regrets and disappointments. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Enough Said (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz Enough said hits all the right buttons. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
The Past (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz A superb and engrossing relationship drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Cheesy but heart-warming. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
The LEGO Movie (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Colourful, inventive and action-packed. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
52 Tuesdays (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz The desire to look - at others and at oneself - is taken for granted as a natural and healthy one in 52 Tuesdays. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Jeune et jolie (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz It made me squirm. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
The Babadook (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Jagged thrusts of dark humour pepper the scary stuff and will appeal to any less-than-perfect mother who has 'lost it' in the heat of the moment. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Child's Pose (2013) Rochelle Siemienowicz A gripping and thought-provoking drama that touches on the nature of grief and class corruption in the new Romania, the heart of Child's Pose is nevertheless its convincing study of a power struggle between mother and adult child. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz The most interesting pieces of art are often the messy, dirty ones; the canvases we're not sure whether to ridicule for their lunacy or embrace for their sheer, inspired originality. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz The absurd (sometimes frankly adolescent and silly) digressions and increasingly complex interplay between Joe and her patient listener allow for an exploration of guilt, compulsion and the nature of evil, in ways we've never seen before. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Noah (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz This Noah, embodied by [Russel] Crowe, is a pure Aronofsky monster. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Boyhood (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Boyhood is a sublime meditation on childhood, parenting, and the passing of time. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
The Skeleton Twins (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz The Skeleton Twins is just another little bittersweet indie dramedy, and it's not a perfect film. But it is worth your time. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Force majeure (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Bursts of intense Vivaldi underline the crisis as deadly serious, while also making fun of it. The way the conflict plays out in conversations between the couple and their friends over dinners and drinks is side-splittingly funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Gone Girl (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz And while nobody is going to call Gone Girl a commentary on modern marriage, like all good horror stories, it pokes and punctures familiar anxieties, providing a pleasurable lancing of the psychic boils that plague us. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Whiplash (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Without guns, knives or fistfights, Whiplash manages to be explosive and yes, dramatically violent - it's just that the violence is largely emotional, and often self-inflicted. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Nightcrawler (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz Nightcrawler [works] as a stylish and exciting thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Maps to the Stars (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz It's bleak, funny and twisted. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Rochelle Siemienowicz The real problem I had with Scott's Exodus however, was with the film's depiction of God - admittedly never an easy character to get right. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2017
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Anwen Crawford A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night deftly mixes genre tropes while creating its own singular, surreal universe. I've never seen another a film where a female vampire dressed in a chador rides a skateboard, that's for sure. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Selma (2014) Anwen Crawford Selma gives back to the Civil Rights movement its urgent and motivating anger, when too often the movement has been misrepresented as a cause of infinitely patient, infinitely forbearing martyrs. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Sherpa (2015) Anwen Crawford In [Jennifer] Peedom's film we see a mountain that is both workplace and sacred site, integral to both the economic livelihood and the religious beliefs of the surrounding Sherpa community. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
The Gift (2015) Anwen Crawford The Gift is efficiently and quite memorably chilling. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Macbeth (2015) Anwen Crawford This is a Macbeth that retains Shakespeare's language but makes free and easy with edits, rearrangements, and a few bold reinterpretations of key scenes. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
A Most Violent Year (2014) Anwen Crawford A Most Violent Year is uneven in pace and tone, as events threaten to erupt and then simmer down again, but despite its flaws, it lingers in the mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) Anwen Crawford Borrow a young relative for cover if you must, but believe me, you are not too cool for a kid's movie when it's this much fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
It Follows (2014) Anwen Crawford It Follows is unnerving without being bloody, and more than this, that it cleverly inverts the sexual politics on which so much popular culture, most especially the horror film, often depends. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2017
Killing Ground (2016) Lauren Carroll Harris I can't help but think that Killing Ground leans on the concept of spiritual comeuppance for Indigenous genocide as a potent but lazy background theme with which to bolster an otherwise rote narrative and set of filmmaking choices. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2017
Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016) Lauren Carroll Harris Perhaps it's not possible to translate the gonzo narrator, leading us into a dark-edged forest and getting lost with us, to cinema. Perhaps the material really cried out for a documentary treatment. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2017
Lion (2016) Lauren Carroll Harris What Lion does is take a culturally rich story and apply the conventions of middlebrow Western, feel-good cinematic storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2017
Casting JonBenét (2017) Lauren Carroll Harris By setting aside an objective notion of the truth, Green's hybrid work is simultaneously more fantastical and closer to the truth than anything made with traditional documentary techniques. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2017