Killer's Kiss
Killer's Kiss (1955)

Stanley Kubrick's second feature film, Killer's Kiss was made on a budget of $40,000, all raised by Kubrick's relatives. The black-and-white drama was shot principally at night in a variety of seedy Manhattan locations. The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Kubrick's low-key lensing occasionally catches the flavor of the seamy side of Gotham life.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Kubrick worked in an uncharacteristically naturalistic style despite the genre material, with mixed but still fascinating results.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Frankly, it's a pretty wretched story, but this small, cheap film has style to spare.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A noirish thriller with experimental trimmings that holds back most of the emotions, sensitive as well as otherwise, that threatened to make Kubrick's first feature mawkish.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a must for Kubrick aficionados...

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Kubrick's second feature shows his promise as a powerful and iconic director in motifs and style.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Kubrick makes the most of flashback and dream sequences, and a surreal climactic fight in a warehouse full of mannequins.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Faced with hardly any budget to speak of, the 26-year-old Kubrick pulled out every trick that an independent filmmaker of no means could ever hope to stumble upon.

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It's tense, compelling and steeped in an urban anxiety that's strangely contemporary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Kubrick's second feature, and first noir, is a thrill to watch, if only to see the seeds of a budding legend be sown in front of your very eyes. Without… More
Liam Gadd
This is a solid noir film with a brilliantly staged finale that is not only unique for its time but is tense throughout. It is nowhere near Kubrick's later… More
Melvin White
Vincent Rapallo: Like the man said, "Can happiness buy money?"  "Her Soft Mouth Was the Road to Sin-Smeared Violence!" I found Stanley… More
Randy Tippy
Kubrick's style is minimalistic and effective in this narrated noir gem that features nobody I'd ever heard of before or since.
Steven Carrier
I was really taken aback by "Killer's Kiss;" Stanley Kubrick's ultra-independent second feature. This film is just so obscure, compelling… More
Tim Salmons
A marvelous and auspicious beginning. The flashback transitions and overdubbing bothered me a little bit, but otherwise, it's definitely a Kubrick… More