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: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In Cold Blood is a classic docudrama with a fictional thriller's grip -- and a pair of terrific lead performances from Robert Blake and Scott Wilson.

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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Geoffrey Macnab

It's both a "true crime" movie and a poetic account of two young men who, by committing an act of unspeakable brutality, unleash the furies against themselves.

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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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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

Blake and Wilson give wonderfully natural performances: eerie in their casual attitude to murder but endearing in their open natures. In Cold Blood doesn't judge them but doesn't excuse them.

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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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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Truman Capote's non-fiction masterwork gets the film noir treatment from director Richard Brooks, with a slow dissection of "a crime that shocked a nation."

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A stark, realistic portrayal of cold-blooded violence taking over a couple of young mens' senses, and how they go on the run from the police trying to… More
Tim Sigur
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen and thank God I got to watch it in all it's glory. Conrad Hall's absolutely stunning cinematography is… More
Jennifer D
In the last second of that film, I actually out loud exclaimed "Jesus" in my reaction to it. A little history now. When I was very small I saw the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Truman Capote's haunting literary classic gets a masterful transfer to the screen. Richard Brooks' carefully thought out writing and direction makes… More
Chris Garman
Truman Capote was sent to Kansas to write an article about the senseless murder of a family in their farm house in the middle of the night. What he brought back… More
Arash Xak
Blunt, Nonsensational, Dark & Unsettling