The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Killing of a Sacred Deer continues director Yorgos Lanthimos' stubbornly idiosyncratic streak -- and demonstrates again that his is a talent not to be ignored.

Sam Adams
Slate

Myths grow out of a need to understand the world, and to pass on an understanding of how to make our way through it, but Lanthimos just teaches you to be more cautious about his next film.

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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

Dense with layers of biblical lore and Greek tragedy, it's like a cake that's impressively tall but also unpalatably dry.

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Stephen Danay
Under the Radar

There's nothing inherently wrong with ambiguous endings or obscure motivations in art, but film's ultimate moral question seems to suggest a purpose that is clearer than the one the film presents.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman find themselves trapped in a domestic nightmare in Yorgos Lanthimos' stunning, cerebral revenge story that plays like a biblical "Sophie's Choice."

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Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com

With uniformly great performances throughout the cast and Lanthimos' stunning eye for detail and composition, this is one of the most unforgettable films of the year.

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Karen Han
The Daily Beast

Yorgos Lanthimos's twisted new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer is like a fairytale gone awry-or more accurately, a ghost story.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

You will suffer in vain.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

The plot is that of a horror movie, but our ability to emotionally engage is stripped away by the odd combination of symbolic action and pedestrian dialogue.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

[Yorgos] Lanthimos keeps delivering amusement as the cruelty expands, which I guess is his way of saying ancient myths still have relevance in our nasty world. Maybe too much relevance.

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