The Act of Killing Synopsis
Filmmakers expose the horrifying mass executions of accused communists in Indonesia.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
[A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
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By Steven Boone
This masterpiece about propaganda, cinema and vanity as instruments of power and terror ends on an excruciatingly sustained, righteous...
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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...
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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...
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Characters playing to the camera

By sandy.metzger
Amazing move. Director lets the killers tell their story their way and manages to get an enthusiastic response. Much of the story is told by staging scenes of the genocide for their own movie....

Simply astounding

By apsims23
Unlike any documentary that I've ever encountered. Powerful, disturbing, and extremely compelling. Highly recommended, but go in prepared to stare real, genuine human evil in the face. Enjoy....

Movie Star wanna be's...

By bvacek0436
This movie was more about feeding these men's egos to be movie stars. Not backed up by any facts that these men were who they say they were. By the credits at the end it is obvious so many people...

The meaning of Ugly

By francinea884
Don't buy or rent this movie unless you would like the cast members--the lowest of low on intelligence and morality scale of humans--to get rich. Just imagine the most ugly, opportunistic,...

Nothing else like it

By jtborgeson
Really amazing story. Tough to say how I feel after seeing it though....

Surreal Brilliance

By Shaft917x
This is a movie that truly goes into the Heart of Darkness. Following the dark journey of a killer as he tries to deal with the things he has been made to boast about and now having to come to the...


By jerrydohnal
Gut wrenching, sad and confronting. This is documentary film as art. An amazing, compelling piece of filmmaking. The last scene will truly hit you to your core. If you've never been to see a...

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Awesome journey

By culdigital
The most interesting 2 hours I've spent this month....

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Rated NR