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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Can’t-look-away stuff, though it’s tough to believe your eyes and ears. show more

  • 79

    The most gut-wrenching 'making of' documentary ever made. show more

  • 90
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer is obviously treading on dicey moral ground here, empowering killers to tell their story when they've never been called to account for the barbarism that brought them to power. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

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

  • 100
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 100
    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. show more

  • 100
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination." show more

  • 88
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    In Joshua Oppenheimer's extraordinary The Act of Killing, film becomes the medium for a bold historical reckoning--and in more ways than one. show more

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