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Kill Your Darlings

Drama . Romance . Thriller . Biography

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Actors: Kyra Sedgwick , Jennifer Jason Leigh , Jack Huston , Dane DeHaan , Ben Foster , Michael C. Hall , Elizabeth Olsen , Daniel Radcliffe , David Cross , David Rasche
Directors: John Krokidas
Country: USA
Release: 2013-09-19
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  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Krokidas deftly shows how the ambition to write is entangled with other impulses.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    In this tale of longing, loss and regret, it isn’t always possible to know who’s deluding oneself, or someone else. But then, it isn’t always possible to know that in real life either.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    It transcends the usual biopic limitations to tell a specific story about some well-known people with larger, universal implications. Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas’ live-wire lit-pic. It gets busy, but fizzy direction and Rad’s rigour help to keep its pulse alive.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    A vibrant, insightful film about writers and writing, featuring Daniel Radcliffe’s best post-Potter performance.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    They flail and they thrash, and Krokidas' film is just like them — as jazz-inflected and freewheeling as the Beat poetry these guys were about to unleash on the world.

    NPR Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Brash, bristling, highly watchable film. Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    Though it begins as a murder-mystery, Kill Your Darlings may be best described as an intellectual moral maze, a story perfectly of its time and yet one that still resonates today.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The film’s love for its subjects is mirrored in their passionate frenzy for words, and language – spoken, written, body – in general. Above all, and what sets it apart from other cinematic takes on the Beatified, is how much fun it is. It may end in tears, but then, don’t all great love stories?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    At the center of the film lies a moral question, not a literary one: Should Ginsberg abandon the potentially visionary Carr when he turns out to be a liar, an exploiter and an emotional traitor? Should he, in fact, “kill his darling” when Carr commits a heinous act and asks Ginsberg to lie for him?

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Kill Your Darlings is more coming-of-age story than murder mystery, but its characters are so well drawn and complex the emotional weight carries a suspense all its own.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Kill Your Darlings is a tale of inspiration, then, but also a tale of jealousy, obsession, homophobia, and homicide. It's a whirlwind. Even if it doesn't all hang together, it's worth the ride.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    That Ginsberg is played by Daniel Radcliffe might come as a shock, but the shock wears off as the movie rolls on and you realize you’re in very good hands.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Far more coherent than last year's aimless "On the Road" and more sharply focused than 2010's "Howl," it centers on a youthful Ginsberg finding his nascent artistic voice.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    It's almost enough to make you wish that Kokidas and co-writer Austin Bunn had fictionalized the story. But then again, a beardless Ginsberg isn't really Ginsberg at all, which gives Radcliffe all the room to play around with the character that he needs. It might be best spell yet.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It’s much more lively than “On the Road,” last year’s snoozy adaptation of the Kerouac novel that presented fictionalized versions of some of the same characters.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Sex, lies, betrayal and murder set among the gods of the Beat Generation. That's Kill Your Darlings, a dark beauty of a film that gets inside your head and stays there.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    You wouldn’t want Kill Your Darlings to be the only information you ever get about the Beats. But it’s a decent introduction for the uninitiated, and interesting enough to those who know the story.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Rooney

    There’s a limber, freewheeling aspect to the storytelling that echoes the rule-breaking literary form of the Beat writers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Directed with an assured sense of style that pushes against the narrow confines of its admittedly fascinating story, John Krokidas’ first feature feels adventurous yet somewhat hemmed-in.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The saving grace of Kill Your Darlings is its sordid romantic angle, a narrative thread that pulls the film away from wink-wink allusions and into more serious emotional territory.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    As for Ginsberg himself: Should we be more impressed that Radcliffe so confidently portrays an actual icon, or that he banishes all memories of the fictional one he’s portrayed before? Both accomplishments suggest that he’s got real talent, and a future that’s already taking him well past Harry Potter.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    Unfortunately, Kill Your Darlings doesn’t know what to do with Radcliffe and DeHaan, good as they are; there’s little sense of how they fit into a larger framework, or what bearing, if any, it might have on its more famous subjects’ later output.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Unlike Walter Salles’s recent adaptation of On The Road, which embraced the Beat philosophy with a wide and credulous grin, Kill Your Darlings is inquisitive about the movement’s worth, and the genius of its characters is never assumed.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Director and co-writer John Krokidas doesn’t have a very fluent gift for period re-creation – everything seems stagy – and most of the actors, playing divas of various stripes, overact.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Well shot and well made, Kill Your Darlings is a very competently constructed effort on a whole, but there’s an emptiness and familiarity at its core that it cannot transcend.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Despite its general intelligence and worthy performances, Kill Your Darlings makes it difficult to see how the Beats ever caught on.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Kill Your Darlings wants to be a young man’s movie, but it’s all “cinema du papa,” as the French New Wave used to call it. The philosophical disconnect is downright cosmic.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Something is missing here, like a clear perspective.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Weber

    An overmatched star and a scarcity of eccentricity sink this hip-lit origin story from director John Krokidas.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Along the way, Krokidas' story becomes a touch schizophrenic, at times a coming-of-age story, a love story, a crime drama and a literary drama. It's hard to say which it functions as best, as none are given too much time to germinate before Krokidas moves on to the next.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Kill Your Darlings is an undernourished and over-emphatic film.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    There’s a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it’s hard to hear it beating.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    It adds nothing to our understanding of "Howl," and the movie is exactly what the poem isn’t: ordinary.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Kill Your Darlings presents a minor prelude to a major literary movement. Full Review
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