• Released
  • August 25, 2005
  • R , 2 hr 3 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A cracking police procedural from Belgian director Erik van Looy, has a jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie itself is as slick, fast and terrifyingly violent as a top-grade American crime thriller, but a lot smarter than most.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Watch Jan Decleir's performance. He never goes for the easy effect, never pushes too hard, is a rock-solid occupant of his character.
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80

Wall Street Journal

This award-winning picture from Belgium is the kind Hollywood seems no longer interested in making: a sophisticated drama that presumes a level of insight and maturity in an audience that doesn't need winks and arrows to understand what's going on.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Absorbing, operatic.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Writer-director Erik Van Looy keeps the action moving briskly. Danny Elsen's cinematography is stylish and the acting top-notch.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
This Belgian crime thriller makes compelling viewing out of a "you can't be serious" plotline.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Entertaining.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Although comparisons to the memory-challenged machinations of "Memento" are inevitable, the plotting here takes a more traditionally linear path.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A lot of thrillers have asked us to identify with assassins -- but I'd be hard-pressed to name one that makes a hitman as sympathetic, if not sentimental, as The Memory of a Killer.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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