The Killing Fields
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It must be nerve-racking for the producers to offer a tale so lacking in standard melodramatic satisfactions. But the result is worth it, for this is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The film's overall thrust - angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the great films from what proved to be a great year for cinema, The Killing Fields hasn't lost any of its power over the ensuing 30 years."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The movie is too conventional and fictionalized to qualify as a genuine political epic, but it's emotionally touching in describing the friendship between the NY Times reporter and his Cambodian translator."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Without doubt one of the finest British films of the last 50 years."
‑ , Film4
"The screen is swamped by a bathetic, self-preening sententiousness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The best moments are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, the desperation."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Every scene of The Killing Fields (and every participant in its making) is in service of showing how abruptly a seemingly safe and vital individual can have everything essential stripped away."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Se a primeira metade impressiona pelo virtuosismo técnico, a segunda fascina pela coragem em observar sem sensacionalismo a magnífica força de vontade de um sobrevivente, beneficiando-se ainda da maravilhosa performance semi-auto-biográfica de Ngor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A deeply moving film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The intent and outward trappings are all impressively in place, but at its heart there's something missing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is diffuse and wandering. It's someone telling a long, interesting story who can't get to the point."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A gripping romanticized and somewhat fictionalized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine piece by New York Times journalist Sidney Schanberg."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"First time feature director Roland Joffe shoots the drama with an unforced realism lent a terrible grace by the handsome images and smooth, unobtrusive long takes..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A mighty accomplishment, and possibly the bravest Britflick yet made."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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