• Released
  • October 16, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 106 Fan Ratings
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 Revolution.

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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For language, drug use, brief violence and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Docudrama digs into early Beat history with sex and drugs.
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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