Kill Your Darlings
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Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Daniel Radcliffe is back in a pair of nerdy specs as Allen Ginsberg in this sincere, heartfelt film about how the gay beat poet found his voice"
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Overall the movie seems to wander, like the worst excesses of free verse, needing a little structure to rein it in."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A convincing, evocative drama that captures a key moment in history with aplomb."
‑ Ed Gibbs, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A very well-made film that gives us a peek into the formation of several future gay icons."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Hooked me from the first moment and kept me hooked all the way through."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Bursting with hipster attitude and New York atmosphere, the fact-based "Kill Your Darlings" is a coming-of-age chronicle that morphs into a crime story without missing a beat."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Kill Your Darlings" is a true-crime murder mystery, a love letter to the wild-living artists of the Beat Generation, and a portrait of the artist as an adolescent."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Kill Your Darlings underwhelms on several fronts, but it's difficult to dislike a movie when you find yourself liking everyone in it."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Lively and driven personalities are indeed what made the Beat Generation what it was, and what it continues to be. Kill Your Darlings seems content, however, to find superficial imitations of them."
‑ David Keyes,
"A strong and well observed fifties period piece, Kill Your Darlings brilliantly captures both the heady sense of privilege, and the decadent whiff of The Beat Generation's brief and blazing demimonde."
‑ Julian Wood, FILMINK (Australia)
"You don't need to know the Beats to understand "Kill Your Darlings," you just need to know the twinkling promise, and dark turns, of life."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Dramatizing a passion for the written word on film can be tricky, but in his feverish Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas brings creative desire to life with vigor and emotion."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
" of the most incompetent and flat-out interminable biopics to come around in quite some time..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A good showcase for some of our most talented working young male actors, but not much more."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The film suffers from the same problems as last year's On The Road, namely an undue reverence towards its characters."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
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