Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection
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Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection
This distinguished, provocative drama is set in gritty South Central Los Angeles and chronicles the rocky relationships between a slaughterhouse worker and his family.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film that is hard to forget."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Burnett is a truly unsung cinematic movie pioneer, clearly in the vanguard in that lonely and trying battle to colorize, so to speak, ideas and experiences in film with his body of unheralded visionary work."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"It takes an eye-opening, unglamorous view of the black Los Angeles ghetto of the post-Watts riots."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It may fill you with despair or offer up relief, but you will not be unmoved."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"[A] gem ..."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Nearly avant-garde in its purity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A little known, long lost classic thankfully becomes available on DVD after decades of obscurity."
‑ Paula Farmer,
"There's a voyeuristic, woe-is-them quality to the film that makes me uncomfortable."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"As timeless as the human condition."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A milestone of eloquent understatement that captures the daily life of have-nots as few American movies have."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The fantastic thing about this beautiful film is how little it tries to make a statement about anything; it is, simply, life."
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"fills the screen with visual poetry that plays like intimate documentary"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Burnett's empathy for his characters is obvious, and his carefully composed vignettes provide a host of indelible images..."
‑ David Schmeichel, Jam! Movies
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