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Kill Your Darlings (15)

Kill Your Darlings (15)

Biography, Drama, Romance

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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The critical consensus

As with many films that attempt to trace the emergence of a cultural movement, the formation of the Beat Generation is hung upon a few key moments of inspiration in a way that feels simplistic. While Krokidas can’t avoid that inevitability, his use of jazz-infused cutting perfectly captures a sense of restless creativity.

***(*)(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 05/11/2013

The cast are so good, from Radcliffe to Dane DeHaan, that you should overlook that it’s directed like a Dead Poets Society fever dream.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/12/2013

There’s a cinematic masterpiece to be born of these literary rabble-rousers, but as yet no one’s figured out quite how to make it.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 02/12/2013

A vibrant, insightful film about writers and writing, featuring Daniel Radcliffe’s best post-Potter performance.

****(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 02/12/2013

Too light for the hardcore Beat set, to muddled for newbies.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/12/2013

This is a memorable coming-of-age tale for both Ginsberg and Radcliffe (you never saw Harry Potter having acrobatic gay sex). It’s much better than other attempts to dramatise the lives of the Beat generation like the recent On The Road.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/12/2013

Daniel Radcliffe shines as Allen Ginsberg in a film that takes a deeper look at the birth of the beat generation.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/12/2013

Sex, drugs, murder, radical verse and Radcliffe make persuasive bedfellows in Krokidas’ live-wire lit-pic. It gets busy, but fizzy direction and Rad’s rigour help to keep its pulse alive.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 02/12/2013

The energy of the performances and Krokidas’ flashy directorial style paper over the cracks in the plotting.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/12/2013

Ultimately, it's oddly conservative fare; well played, handsomely mounted, but as inert as the books that its protagonists blithely hurl from the shelves.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/12/2013

It’s a story tinged with tragedy and tenderness – and, in keeping with its title, it cuts through some of the overwrought claptrap that has been associated with this particular movement.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/12/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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