First They Killed My Father
First They Killed My Father (2017)

Angelina Jolie directed this biopic about a human rights activist and her attempts to survive during the oppressive Khmer Rouge era of rule in Cambodia.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 15, 2017
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: First They Killed My Father tackles its subject matter with grace, skill, and empathy, offering a ground-level look at historic atrocities that resonates beyond its story's borders.

Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

First They Killed My Father is a sensitively rendered account of one child's real-life experience, but its broader implications are noteworthy too.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

A rare film about a national tragedy told through the eyes and mind of a child, and as fine a war movie as has ever been made.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

The camera seldom strays from what she can see or hear. It's a historical tragedy viewed from four feet off the ground by a character who doesn't quite grasp what's happening.

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Rafer Guzman

A sincere attempt to paint a portrait of a country gone mad.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

Jolie's masterstroke is that she never departs from the gaze of her young protagonist.

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Jaime Fa de Lucas

We attend more than two hours of torment, where the lethargic rhythm and constant repetition of the same situations, images, ideas and phrases ends up destroying any possibility of the experience is satisfactory. [Full review in Spanish

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The Khmer Rouge's repressions and exactions are depicted fearsomely, but many of Jolie's images are postcard-pretty, and their emotional range depends mainly upon the child actors' tremulous and steadfast expressions.

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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

By now, there should be no debating that Angelina Jolie is a talented director, capable of handling the most challenging subject matter with assurance and sensitivity.

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Corey Hughes
Film Inquiry

First They Killed My Father is a powerful piece of filmmaking by Jolie, and I can't wait for her next adventure.

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Ian Walker
Given the subject matter, this is depressing, as you would expect. But it's also empathetic and shows the horrors that the Khmer Rouge inflicted. This… More