The Killing 1956

Critics score:
97 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Read more

David Thomson, The New Republic: Faultless and enjoyable. Read more

A.H. Weiler, New York Times: An engrossing little adventure. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Read more

TIME Magazine: At 27 Writer-Director Stanley Kubrick, in his third full-length picture, has shown more audacity with dialogue and camera than Hollywood has seen since the obstreperous Orson Welles went riding out of town on an exhibitors' poll. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: [The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup. Read more