• Released
  • July 19, 2013
  • (NY, 7/26 LA)
  • NR , 2 hr 2 min
  • Documentary
  • 50 Fan Ratings

Fans Say

50 Fan Ratings

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100

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It is a gut-churning film: and a radical dive into history, grabbing the past in a way a conventional documentary would not.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This feature-length documentary, currently entering national release, may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying.
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100

Boston Globe

The Act of Killing is one of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere.
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100

The Guardian

It's often said of documentaries that they deserve to have as wide an audience as possible. This doesn't deserve; it demands – not for what it says about present-day Indonesia or even about its former horrors. But because almost every frame is astonishing.
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100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.
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100

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
More terrifying than any horror film, and more intellectually adventurous than just about any 2013 release so far, The Act of Killing is a major achievement, a work about genocide that rightly earns its place alongside Shoah as a supreme testament to the cinema's capacity for inquiry, confrontation, and remembrance.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
[A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
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100

RogerEbert.com

By Steven Boone
This masterpiece about propaganda, cinema and vanity as instruments of power and terror ends on an excruciatingly sustained, righteous money shot: a monster who could have been a good man suffocates on the truth.
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100

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The cumulative impact is devastating, and very far from a simple Western condemnation of another country’s brutality. In forcing viewers to hear the boasts of genocide’s perpetrators, The Act of Killing puts a harsh spotlight on all celebrations of bloodshed, from Hollywood to the op-ed pages.
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Never before has anyone made a documentary like The Act of Killing, and the filmmakers seem at a loss in terms of how to organize the many threads of what they capture...Still, essential and enraging, The Act of Killing is a film that begs to be seen, then never watched again.
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89 out of 100
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