Killer of Sheep Synopsis
A slaughterhouse worker (Henry Gayle Sanders) provides for his poor Los Angeles family.
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TV Guide

Brilliantly conceived, imaginatively structured, superbly written, stylishly composed and photographed, and very often wryly funny, Killer...
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100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Burnett creates an insistently poetic, devastatingly ironic world and work.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Killer of Sheep is a miracle movie because it's receiving its first theatrical release 30 years after it was made and because, as a movie,...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Burnett's documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn't look, feel or...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, Killer of Sheep is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps...
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A milestone of eloquent understatement that captures the daily life of have-nots as few American movies have.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It is the most influential movie you've never seen, deeply affecting many artists and experimental directors who saw it on the museum...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A delicately poetic, essentially plotless vision, unblinking but not unhopeful, of life in Watts, where little but the ghetto's name...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A worthy, fascinating film..
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70

Film Threat

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There isn't really an overall arc present in Killer of Sheep, and that's the point. There's really nothing meant to be expressed in Killer...
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KILLER OF SHEEP

By lugubriousthespian
Charles Burnett's long-awaited commercial release of his student film which was held under wraps for several decades due to music royalty as well as other litigation problems was defintiely worth the...