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: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

First They Killed My Father is less interested in global politics than in offering an intensely experiential tapestry of war and invasion as witnessed by a child.

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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Jolie is often patronized as a humanitarian who makes worthy films to rouse an indifferent public, like that's a bad thing. It also denies the visceral impact and artful shape of her work. 'First They Kill' is a labor of love.

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Blake Goble
Consequence of Sound

While the messages feel simple - no one should experience this, power corrupts absolutely, and so on - Jolie has developed an effective work of empathy.

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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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Todd Gilchrist

Jolie the woke celebrity and Jolie the artist seem caught at a crossroads with this film, juggling instincts that put her inner Terrence Malick and Ken Burns at odds with one another.

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A film on its toes - nimble, vivid and lyrical, with its guard down and its blood up.

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