Killer of Sheep
Killer of Sheep (2007)

This distinguished, provocative drama is set in gritty South Central Los Angeles and chronicles the rocky relationships between a slaughterhouse worker and his family.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 2007
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97%
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85%


Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: By turns funny, sad, and profound, Killer of Sheep offers a sympathetic and humane glimpse into inner-city life.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A film that is hard to forget.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Burnett's documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn't look, feel or breathe like any American work of its generation.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It's to Burnett's credit that he is able to observe problems of class and race without narrowing his vision to become an 'issues movie' or a sermon.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It may fill you with despair or offer up relief, but you will not be unmoved.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[A] gem ...

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Nearly avant-garde in its purity

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

As timeless as the human condition.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A milestone of eloquent understatement that captures the daily life of have-nots as few American movies have.

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Craig Phillips
GreenCine

The fantastic thing about this beautiful film is how little it tries to make a statement about anything; it is, simply, life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
Charles Burnett's "Kiiler Of Sheep" slid into the world between two popular waves of Black American cinema,the "blaxploitation" period… More
Tim Sigur
This movie is the exact opposite of that bullshit excuse of a movie called The Fist Foot Way. Plus, that movie had more money to work with and still… More
Anthony Lawrie
Killer of Sheep is raw but quite beautiful. Reminiscent of the French New wave, it reminded me of The 400 Blows, particularly during the scenes of the kids… More
Gordon A
Historical curio with a documentary feel which highlights life in a poor black neighborhood of LA. Memorable images and well chosen music evoke the time and… More
Randy Tippy
If you're looking for a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end, or characters that 'arc' and 'evolve' then you're better off… More
Adam Mahler
Mostly about one family, with some scenes of neighbors; it feels totally real, the story is just living, with struggling and everything else; like a neorealist… More