The Act Of Killing
The Act Of Killing (2013)

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.

James Adams
Globe and Mail

Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

Maddening, sorrowful, brilliant, and unforgettable.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

The emotional places this troubling movie takes him to are rewardingly primal and potent, forcing both subject and viewer to wrestle with internal demons.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.

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Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

The film of the year, if not the decade, if not documentary history.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary interviews leaders of Indonesian death squads responsible for deaths of millions & has them re-enact the killings. The combination of drama therapy and accidental self-exposure - utterly bizarre, unexpected and valuable.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Most challengingly, though, there is something palpably cathartic about the ritual of the re-creations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Documentarians ask the leaders of Indonesian death squads to reenact their crimes. There are some incredibly absurd moments in the reenactments of various… More
KJ Proulx
While extremely painful to watch, "The Act of Killing" displays a brutally honest story about the life of Anwar Congo, a gangster who helped the mob… More
Anthony Lawrie
You know a documentary is worth watching when both Werner Herzog and Errol Morris both produce, stating that it is the 'Most astonishing film ever… More
Everett Johnson
Here is one of the most bizarre, weird, crazy, movies you can ever witness. This is a documentary about Indonesian military/gangsters who overthrew the… More
Matthew Slaven
These may be the most absurd two hours of film I'll ever see. Though this documentary follows many mass murderers as they set out to make a movie boasting… More
Mark Hobin
The Act of Killing is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. I suppose there are at least two responses one could greet Joshua Oppenheimer's… More