• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    Stanley Kubrick considered "The Killing" (1956) to be his first mature feature, after a couple of short warm-ups. He was 28 when it was released, having already been an obsessed chess player, a photographer for Look magazine and a director of "March of Time" newsreels. It's tempting to search here for themes and a style he would return to in his later masterpieces, but few directors seemed so determined to make every one of his films an individual, free-standing work.…


  • CinemaClown

    ★★★★½ Watched by CinemaClown 17 Apr, 2014 2

    An ingenious work of filmmaking & a thrilling example of film-noir, The Killing is Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough feature that showcases many potentials of a director who would later go on to cement his legacy as arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time. Modest in budget yet unrelenting with its subject matter, The Killing experiments with many aspects, especially the manner in which its plot is structured & narrated as well as the characterization of its finely-scripted characters.

    The plot concerns a veteran…


  • Peng

    ★★★★ Watched by Peng 15 Apr, 2014

    A big leap from Killer's Kiss to this for Kubrick. Unnecessary narration asides, this is such lean and tight filmmaking. Familiar heist tropes (many of which are influenced by this, if I'm not mistaken) are made fresh again by excellent characterization, fluid direction, and non-linear narrative that keeps building momentum to the end. Along with Dr. Strangelove, one of the most "fun" Kubricks.


  • Andrea Peña

    ★★★½ Watched by Andrea Peña 13 Apr, 2014

    Muy, muy buena. Es una trama que se arma como un rompecabezas. Ya en esta película de Kubrick hay actuaciones más sólidas y totalmente creíbles, al igual que personajes interesantes e incluso figurantes que no pasan por alto.


  • irajoel

    ★★★★★ Added by irajoel

    Slinking into the Mayfair Theatre in Times Sq. in May of 1956 where it just laid there collecting dust and indifference, this is Kubrick’s first masterwork. Unsettling, damp and dark this little bed bug of a movie was pretty much ignored by critics and audiences alike. Maybe because even in 1956 it seemed dated even by conservative Hollywood’s standards. It looks like 1951 and in 1956 Hollywood was doing the big Cinemascope color thing with bloated brightly colored easy does…


  • Guy Fawkes

    ★★★★ Watched by Guy Fawkes 07 Apr, 2014

    This is a really great film by Kubrick about a racetrack robbery.

    Kubrick builds a fantastic story off this simple premise by using a lot of non-conventional storytelling techniques like showing every intertwining aspect of the heist from the perspective of each individual person involved separately and in a non-linear fashion.

    Not so incidentally these techniques (and a few scenes/situations from this film even) would be used by Tarantino for his films 50 years later, and it makes sense since this is one of his favorite films of all time.


  • Jure Pl

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jure Pl 04 Apr, 2014

    It's funny, the opening minutes of The Killing had me gearing up for disappointment. Exposition was laid down thick with the very unnatural sounding dialogues (otherwise very clever and snappy throughout), and the presence of the narrator seemed very unneccessary. But as the story moved forward, it all started making sense. I believe this whole film is a perfect example of what people mean when they describe something as "tight". It is short, always tense, always moving with a fast…


  • cineedo

    ★★★★½ Added by cineedo



  • Keenan

    ★★★★ Watched by Keenan 27 Mar, 2014

    What an awesome movie. The plot, pacing, and lighting give the film a Hitchcock feel, but Kubrick's own developing style is definitely on display here, especially in the camerawork. With the way the story unfolds and the way it is shot being handled so well, it's hard not to like The Killing.


  • MasterRick

    ★★★★ Watched by MasterRick 11 Aug, 2012

    A very solid early film from Kubrick, although I don't think it's one of his better efforts. His cold, detached, sterile style isn't present in this (which may be a good thing, as most noirs I've seen aren't like that), but it's impressive that he's delivered good/great films in so many genres. It's greatest strength is its clever plot, which plays out in non-chronological order. I would have liked it more if the supporting parts had been as compellingly performed…


  • DanStew

    ★★★½ Watched by DanStew 20 Mar, 2014

    A fun time. Certainly couldn't have been any longer than it's short running time. Great camera work and lighting.


  • Omar Salas Zamora

    ★★★★★ Watched by Omar Salas Zamora 19 Mar, 2014

    I can watch it over and over and over.