The Killing
The Killing (1956)

A gang of greedy petty criminals plan a race track robbery. The plan gets foiled and disaster ensues.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1956
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stanley Kubrick's The Killing is a clever and brisk crime film with plenty of twists.

David Thomson
The New Republic

Faultless and enjoyable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film.

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David Keyes

Unequivocally represents the genesis of Kubrick's insightful mindset. It is a living, breathing laboratory of precision and control.

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TIME Magazine

At 27 Writer-Director Stanley Kubrick, in his third full-length picture, has shown more audacity with dialogue and camera than Hollywood has seen since the obstreperous Orson Welles went riding out of town on an exhibitors' poll.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Characteristically Kubrick in both its mechanistic coldness and its vision of human endeavour undone by greed and deceit, this noir-ish heist movie is nevertheless far more satisfying than most of his later work.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

This taut crime picture was one of the earliest films in the career of Stanley Kubrick, but something of the director's voice and characteristic preoccupations are already evident here.

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Variety Staff

[The film] at first tends to be somewhat confusing, soon settles into a tense and suspenseful vein which carries through to an unexpected and ironic windup.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

An engrossing little adventure.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the undisputed high-water marks of the American crime film whose reverberations can still be felt in a number of ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Kubrick already showed early signs of his genius when he brought us this masterpiece, an elaborate heist thriller full of rich details for its time, with a… More
xGary Xx
Fresh out of prison, a career criminal cooks up an ingenious scheme to rob a racetrack. The Killing is an early film from Stanley Kubrick and yet another… More
Nicki Marie
Admittedly, not a movie I would pick out for myself to watch, this wasn't a bad older movie. I particularly liked the gold digging wife and the ending at… More
Bruce Bruce
If your a collctor of Film Noir do not allow this one to slip through the cracks. Stanley Kubrick set the bar high for Robberyt Gone Bad films after he released… More
Matt Goodman
Sorry, was I missing something here? I found this to be abhorrent.
Jonathan Hutchings
There are two types of heist films: one relies merely on the act of the robbery to hold the audience's attention, and the other explores the psychology and… More

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