The Killing
The Killing (1956)

A gang of greedy petty criminals plan a race track robbery. The plan gets foiled and disaster ensues.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Thomson
The New Republic

Faultless and enjoyable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways.

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TIME Magazine

At 27 Writer-Director Stanley Kubrick, in his third full-length picture, has shown more audacity with dialogue and camera than Hollywood has seen since the obstreperous Orson Welles went riding out of town on an exhibitors' poll.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Underneath The Killing's clockwork violence is a pungent layer of irony, something Kubrick would further explore many times later in his career.

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Variety Staff
Variety

[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

An engrossing little adventure.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

A brisk, satisfying film noir that features all the details of a racetrack heist gone wrong - even if the timeline is all shuffled out of order. It's thick with atmosphere and razor-sharp dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Kubrick was already showing early signs of his genius when he brought us this masterpiece, an impressively elaborate heist thriller quite rich in details for… More
Bruce Bruce
If your a collctor of Film Noir do not allow this one to slip through the cracks. Stanley Kubrick set the bar high for Robberyt Gone Bad films after he released… More
Matt Goodman
Sorry, was I missing something here? I found this to be abhorrent.
Jonathan Hutchings
There are two types of heist films: one relies merely on the act of the robbery to hold the audience's attention, and the other explores the psychology and… More
xGary Xx
Fresh out of prison, a career criminal cooks up an ingenious scheme to rob a racetrack. The Killing is an early film from Stanley Kubrick and yet another… More
Melvin White
Johnny Clay: You'd be killing a horse - that's not first degree murder, in fact it's not murder at all, in fact I don't know what it is.†… More

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