The Honeymoon Killers
The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

Leonard Kastle's low-budget docudrama cult hit stars Shirley Stoler as Martha Beck, a lonely, overweight nurse who becomes pen pals with a Spanish immigrant (Tony LoBianco). They meet and fall in love, hatching a plan to pose as… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

Made with care, authenticity and attention to detail.

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Fernando F. Croce

Kastle is a born filmmaker with an uncanny feeling for the startling close-up and the excruciating long-take

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A pulp classic ranking near the top of its particular post-Hays Code, pre-MPAA moment.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

It is one of the best and, curiously, most beautiful American movies in recent years.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Shot in a grainy grey and white helps to give the film an amateurish and at the same time realistic feel, particularly as it's based on true events. With standout performances from Lo Bianco and Stoler, this is a forgotten gem.

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Emanuel Levy

Small in scale and realistic in style, this gritty picture, about a couple who murder lonelyhearts women, is charged with piercing intelligence and amazing intensity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Leonard Kastle brings a spare dignity and genuine depth of characterization to his exploitation subject.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The filmmakers have refused to romanticize the brutality of the criminals at the heart of the film.

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Cole Smithey

Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal

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One of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of American Crime.
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