Kill Your Darlings Synopsis
The previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By Justin Chang
Directed with an assured sense of style that pushes against the narrow confines of its admittedly fascinating story, John Krokidas’ first...
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A Beautiful Lie

By MedRed
Kill Your Darlings is a beautifully told story with exceptional acting. This is the first time I've seen Daniel Radcliffe outside of the Harry Potter series. I'm surprised and relieved that I not...

Kill Your Darlings

By ellinjane
Very very good. I had no expectations and knew nothing of the story. Well edited and directed and acted. Don't bring the kids!...

Go Go Go

By apotg
Wonderful just saw this and you must go,...

By dougcover
A must see for anyone interested in the Beat Generation. Great performance by Daniel Radcliffe....

By rbennett

Riveting Story

By mitchellmagic
This is the kind of film that takes a little bit to get going but once it does it feels as if the world stops and all that exists is the story. Daniel Radcliffe is amazing. A real streach for any...

Well done!

By emilyruth4god
This movie was well done but it also broke my heart, the acting was real and passionate! The story was good but was also sad to see the hurts being done to one another. Must see!...

By vladpanov
movie is different but strong. great movie...

Kill your time at a better movie!

By scherryvalentine
This movie was boring and over acted. It was disappointing that the audience was left wondering about the dynamic amongst three infamous American writers. I did learn more than I wanted to know about...


By FilmGeekForever
Don't ask questions. Don't read critic reviews. The direction, acting and filmmaking is near-perfection! See it before it's too late! XO...

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Rated R | For language, drug use, brief violence and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Docudrama digs into early Beat history with sex and drugs.
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