In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood (1967)

This docudrama recreates a real life crime in which an entire family was brutally murdered by wandering gunmen.

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Excellent quasidocumentary, which sends shivers down the spine while moving the viewer to ponder.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Screenwriter-director Richard Brooks's faithful adaptation of Truman Capote's innovative 1966 "non-fiction novel," about a 1959 multiple homicide in Holcomb, Kansas, transcends the sensationalist source material.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Brooks' great achievement in the film is to portray Smith and Hickock as the unexceptional, dim-witted, morally adrift losers they were.

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Emanuel Levy

Highlight of New American Cinema: Richard Brooks' superb, Oscar-nominated film is a chillingly effective version of Truman Capote's pioneering and influential novel.

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Time Out

In contrast to Capote, whose obsessive documentation of the pair's every act betrays his fear than he (and his readers) could well do something similar, Brooks explains and sympathises away their act as being unique to them.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An uneasy mixture of facile Freudianism and 40s expressionism.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

One of the most creditable true-crime films ever made. [Blu-ray]

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Jennifer D
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Pierluigi Puccini
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Chris Garman
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Arash Xak
Blunt, Nonsensational, Dark & Unsettling