90

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Mr. Krokidas deftly shows how the ambition to write is entangled with other impulses.
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87

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
It transcends the usual biopic limitations to tell a specific story about some well-known people with larger, universal implications.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
They flail and they thrash, and Krokidas' film is just like them — as jazz-inflected and freewheeling as the Beat poetry these guys were about to unleash on the world.
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80

The Guardian

By Damon Wise
Though it begins as a murder-mystery, Kill Your Darlings may be best described as an intellectual moral maze, a story perfectly of its time and yet one that still resonates today.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kill Your Darlings is a tale of inspiration, then, but also a tale of jealousy, obsession, homophobia, and homicide. It's a whirlwind. Even if it doesn't all hang together, it's worth the ride.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
That Ginsberg is played by Daniel Radcliffe might come as a shock, but the shock wears off as the movie rolls on and you realize you’re in very good hands.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Kill Your Darlings is more coming-of-age story than murder mystery, but its characters are so well drawn and complex the emotional weight carries a suspense all its own.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It’s much more lively than “On the Road,” last year’s snoozy adaptation of the Kerouac novel that presented fictionalized versions of some of the same characters.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Far more coherent than last year's aimless "On the Road" and more sharply focused than 2010's "Howl," it centers on a youthful Ginsberg finding his nascent artistic voice.
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
Directed with an assured sense of style that pushes against the narrow confines of its admittedly fascinating story, John Krokidas’ first feature feels adventurous yet somewhat hemmed-in.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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