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.
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" [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. "
" Halfway through, the movie loses its grip on logic and truth, and you stop believing it's based on anything other than the years the director spent in his youth, marching in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. "
" 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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