In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood (1967)

This docudrama recreates a real life crime in which an entire family was brutally murdered by wandering gunmen.

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 14, 1967
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In Cold Blood is a classic docudrama with a fictional thriller's grip -- and a pair of terrific lead performances from Robert Blake and Scott Wilson.

Variety Staff

A probing, sensitive, tasteful, balanced and suspenseful documentary-drama.

Full review…
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Excellent quasidocumentary, which sends shivers down the spine while moving the viewer to ponder.

Full review…
Phil Hall

Visually striking, with two astonishing lead performances, but it never quite plumbs the emotional depths of the Truman Capote source material.

Full review…
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Hall's bleak vision, his gift for working with darkness and rain, rivals classic film noir of the 1940s and '50s in its visual mastery.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Brooks' great achievement in the film is to portray Smith and Hickock as the unexceptional, dim-witted, morally adrift losers they were.

Full review…
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

Chief among the film's distinctions are the beautiful gloom of Conrad Hall's monochromatic cinematography... There are the fearless, wonderfully contrasting performances by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the sociopathic killers.

Full review…
Time Out

In contrast to Capote, whose obsessive documentation of the pair's every act betrays his fear than he (and his readers) could well do something similar, Brooks explains and sympathises away their act as being unique to them.

Full review…
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

An uneasy mixture of facile Freudianism and 40s expressionism.

Full review…
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Writer-director Richard Brooks' detached style allows for a non-exploitative presentation, and the contributions by cinematographer Conrad Hall and composer Quincy Jones are first-rate.

Full review…
More reviews for In Cold Blood

Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A stark, realistic portrayal of cold-blooded violence taking over a couple of young mens' senses, and how they go on the run from the police trying to… More
Tim Sigur
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen and thank God I got to watch it in all it's glory. Conrad Hall's absolutely stunning cinematography is… More
Jennifer D
In the last second of that film, I actually out loud exclaimed "Jesus" in my reaction to it. A little history now. When I was very small I saw the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Truman Capote's haunting literary classic gets a masterful transfer to the screen. Richard Brooks' carefully thought out writing and direction makes… More
Chris Garman
Truman Capote was sent to Kansas to write an article about the senseless murder of a family in their farm house in the middle of the night. What he brought back… More
Arash Xak
Blunt, Nonsensational, Dark & Unsettling