In 1944, young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) has a rival for the affections of his charismatic classmate, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). When the man is found dead, Carr, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac are arrested for murder.
" [A] brash, bristling, highly watchable film. "
" A captivating look at an American literary giant in those years before he was ready to howl. "
" A mysterious Beat Generation footnote is fleshed out with skilled performances, darkly poetic visuals and a vivid rendering of 1940s academia in Kill Your Darlings. "
" And the Beat goes on, this time in a syncopated study that sheds light in particular on the young Allen Ginsberg. "
" Krokidas develops a nice rhythm - crucial for any film about the Beat movement - even if the composition feels a bit too meticulous. "
" Mr. Krokidas deftly shows how the ambition to write is entangled with other impulses. The emergence of Allen's poetic vocation is almost a subplot in a story about guilt, lust, friendship and murder. "
" Radcliffe - hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality - holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life. "
" Sex, lies, betrayal and murder set among the gods of the Beat Generation. That's Kill Your Darlings, a dark beauty of a film that gets inside your head and stays there. "
" The excellently acted, fact-inspired "Kill Your Darlings" is a consistently interesting origin story with impressive period details ... "
" There is a chemistry between [Radcliffe and DeHaan] that is more than just sexual. "
" This multi-faceted tale - part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, part intellectual disquisition of a socio-literary movement - is well-shot, assuredly directed and sharply written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn. "
" "Kill Your Darlings" ... feels like it is trying too hard. Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl. "
" A sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat poets ... "
" An unquestionable improvement over last year's paint-by-numbers On the Road, but it still falls victim to the kind of idol worship that has made most movies about the Beats hard to take. "
" From the incense-soaked bohemian off-campus parties to the source music by Jo Stafford and the Andrews Sisters, the period atmosphere evokes style. But something is missing here, like a clear perspective. "
" The only thing it really kills is about an hour and a half. "
" There's a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it's hard to hear it beating. "
" Director and co-writer John Krokidas doesn't have a very fluent gift for period re-creation - everything seems stagy - and most of the actors, playing divas of various stripes, overact. "
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