A Short Film About Killing
A Short Film About Killing (1988)

This disturbing and violent feature opens with a scene of a dead rat and a lifeless cat hanging by the neck. As the plot unfolds, Yatzek (Miroslaw Baka) is a 20-year-old drifter who murders a testy taxi driver (Jan Tesarz) in a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Caryn James
New York Times

The film forces the audience to confront the most vile aspects of life, without offering enough intellectual substance to justify sitting through such brutality.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the ugliest movies ever made, and that's just exactly the way it should be: it takes place in an irredeemably ugly world.

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Gary Kamiya
San Francisco Examiner

One of the most horrific films you're likely to see -- and one of the most oddly didactic.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Kieslowski movingly demonstrates the unexpected connections that strangers make, and ponders the metaphysical forces that not only bind us, but also redeem us.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not for the squeamish.

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TV Guide

Kieslowski and screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz refuse to stack the deck: There are no cardboard villains here, only flawed, fully imagined human beings.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thou Shalt Not Miss

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Far more effective in its longer version.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

This is one of a preeminent filmmaker's most vital films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
While not sufficiently short, I did get its sense of killing (in terms of length as well as its content). Its graphic violent scenes are said to be highly… More
Randy Tippy
Kieslowski's artful and unusual expression of despair.
Reid Volk
Grim, uncompromising, opaque: these are the first words that come to mind when viewing Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Killing." One of two… More
Ken Stachnik
A really well acted and crafted emotional kick in the twig and berries.
Lady D'arbanville
From a slow starting film to a realisticly, disturbing, impact of a story. This film is created with the intention to demand your attention. It's lack of… More
Luke Baldock
This time Kieslowski examines murder. Whether it be the killing of an innocent man, or the murder of a guilty man by the state. Kieslowski keeps it smart by not… More