Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bolstered by the tremendous chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings casts a vivid spotlight on an early chapter in the story of the Beat Generation.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Daniel Radcliffe is back in a pair of nerdy specs as Allen Ginsberg in this sincere, heartfelt film about how the gay beat poet found his voice

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Overall the movie seems to wander, like the worst excesses of free verse, needing a little structure to rein it in.

Angelo Muredda
Cinema Scope

As with a lot of weak movies about writers, this one relies on hyper-cranked montages of coiffed artistes clacking away at typewriters and throwing pages in the air while hoofing their drugs of choice.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bursting with hipster attitude and New York atmosphere, the fact-based "Kill Your Darlings" is a coming-of-age chronicle that morphs into a crime story without missing a beat.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Kill Your Darlings" is a true-crime murder mystery, a love letter to the wild-living artists of the Beat Generation, and a portrait of the artist as an adolescent.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

This debut feature from director John Krokidas is a real gem.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

You don't need to know the Beats to understand "Kill Your Darlings," you just need to know the twinkling promise, and dark turns, of life.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Dramatizing a passion for the written word on film can be tricky, but in his feverish Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas brings creative desire to life with vigor and emotion.

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Sarah Marrs

Darlings never hits that next level, though, remaining a rather shallow, if enjoyable anyway, look at the formative years of the Beat generation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A very engaging biopic, even more for those acquainted with these Beat Generation poets but not with this early event in their lives involving a decisive murder… More
KJ Proulx
"Kill Your Darlings" may be a little more interesting to fans of Sir Alan Ginsberg, and don't get me wrong, it is a very enjoyable film, but… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A decent drama with some performance from Daniel Racliffe and Dane DeHaan about this finding yourself movie, the story itself is quite interesting and they had… More
Manu Gino
A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Mediocre Film, Didn't like it… More
Dan Schultz
A flawed if interesting account of the Beat Generation and how Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is entranced by one of his classmates named Lucien Carr (Dane… More
Christian C
A thought-provoking film with rich characters. The only thing that kept me from awarding five stars was Dane DeHaan's character which never seemed to… More