Kiss or Kill
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Set amidst the eerie desolation of the Australian outback, Kiss or Kill is a superior reworking of vintage film noir materials from the veteran director Bill Bennett. Its lovers-on-the-run story focuses on Nicole (Frances O'Connor) and Al (Matt Day), a pair of petty thieves running a scam targeting married businessmen; when one of their victims accidentally dies, they flee his hotel room, absconding with his briefcase. The case contains a videotape of Zipper Doyle (Barry Langrishe), a national soccer hero, molesting a young boy; Nicole and Al soon take off for Perth, intending to blackmail… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine Terrence Malick's Badlands done as black comedy, with the rural atmosphere of Psycho and dialogue rubbed against flint."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"I've seen countless road movies, but this one felt different, as if it had an unbalanced flywheel."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the best thrillers Australia's produced"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A clever and lively entry from Australia than introduced the world to Frances O'Connor (A.I.)."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"It isn't the first hellbound road movie to end up on a nuclear testing site in the desert (there's always Kalifornia), but Bennett makes you feel as though you haven't seen it before."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"If this scenario sounds like stock film-noir plotting, Bill Bennett ... makes something utterly fresh and, for all its scent of evil, invigorating out of it."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Really does feel original and authentically creepy."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"inventive road movie"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A fresh and fast paced Australian drama about the mystery that resides in all people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Gives the premise a few twists that make things interesting."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"In some ways, it's a remarkable recovery for writer-director Bill Bennett, whose much-tampered-with Sandra Bullock vehicle Two If by Sea was almost unwatchable."
‑ John Hartl,
"A chaotic-but-pointless exercise in mediocrity."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Makes what is familiar seem fresh."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Kiss or Kill is, after a shaky start, surprisingly good."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"A cleverly disguised whodunit -- a murder mystery that looks, feels and moves unlike another other murder mystery."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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