• Zach Dennis

    ★★★ Watched by Zach Dennis 15 Sep, 2014

    Kubrick's first feature has a great sense of style and his directing is superb, but the story isn't special with better noir out there at the time. The voice over felt tedious and lazy with the writing that contained some snappy dialogue. But overall the film was entertaining with Sterling Hayden running the show.


  • Steve Grzesiak

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Steve Grzesiak 13 Sep, 2014 4

    "You filthy old soomka!" - Steve G Does Kubrick

    I love film titles that are clever despite their simplicity.

    The Killing could refer to one of two things. It could be about a death that is central to the plot of the film, or it could refer to the fact that the crooks in this film are about to make a killing from their ill-gotten gains. Or both. I figured that out on a Saturday evening, guys. I've got my…


  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★½ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 02 Sep, 2010

    This may not be Stanley Kubrick's best film but it's certainly one of his most entertaining. The Killing is a film-noir/heist movie that is splendidly told, electrifyingly paced, and solidly acted. It has proven to be very influential for several decades, with the more famous influencee being Quentin Tarantino, who cited as one of his main inspirations in the making of his debut Reservoir Dogs.


  • mdh

    ★★★½ Watched by mdh 12 Sep, 2014

    Nearly all the performances here are pitch-perfect for a noir, and the editing is masterful, but this still felt like minor Kubrick on first viewing.


  • Aracno

    ★★★★ Watched by Aracno 09 Sep, 2014 4

    Stanley Kubrick's The Killing it’s been quite influential in the world of cinema. Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and multiple other heist movies bare resemblance to The Killing.

    Kubrick's breakthrough feature is memorable for its progressive structure, disregarding traditional linear storytelling and instead leaping back and forth to show disparate characters’ roles in the racetrack heist that defines the plot. The narration stretches across all of the film’s length without ever technically suggesting the outcome- a clipped and humorless newsman kind…


  • Sam

    ★★★★★ Added by Sam

    A perfect movie. Certainly the best film with Kubrick's name on it. Human, sinewy, mean, melancholy...
    Interesting to read about how Jim Thompson had to be restrained, when 'The Killing' was screened for him - and he saw he was credited solely for additional dialogue. Sterling Hayden and Timothy Carey are God's. Lucien Ballard is master cinematographer. Just beautiful.


  • David

    ★★★½ Watched by David 30 Aug, 2014 3

    "Venderías a tu madre por un trozo de torta, pero eres lista. Sabes cuándo vender y cuándo quedarte quietecita, como ahora."

    —Johnny Clay


  • Omar Arteaga

    ★★★½ Watched by Omar Arteaga 30 Aug, 2014

    No sé que tanto habrá innovado e influenciado en las películas de robos, pero sin dudas está bien hecha y la historia se deja disfrutar mucho aun con lo predecible y sencilla que es.

    Técnicamente está muy bien lograda, el suspenso es muy efectivo, el soundtrack complementa perfectamente, las actuaciones no son las mejores y el final me sacó una carcajada que terminó en un poco de lástima hacia los personajes. The Killing va a lo que va y entretiene en su propuesta.

    "You like money. You've got a great big dollar sign there where most women have a heart."


  • cronic

    ★★★★ Watched by cronic 24 Aug, 2014


    Normally i dont like these ancient fuck movies but the Killing was very good. Great dialogues, interesting plot, solid narrating


  • sschuster

    ★★★½ Added by sschuster

    Kubrick does a great job bringing this film-noir caper to life on the big screen.


  • TajLV

    ★★★½ Watched by TajLV 20 Aug, 2014

    It's a bad joke without a punchline." ~ Sherry's dying words.

    Oh yes there is a punchline to Stanley Kubrick's famed film noir crime thriller. In fact, the entire story builds up to it. And I laughed harder at the end of this than I have at the conclusion of any recent comedy.

    Sterling Hayden plays Johnny Clay, a convict recently released after five years in prison and anxious to make a big score that will turn his life around.…


  • Evan Daniels

    ★★★★½ Watched by Evan Daniels 19 Aug, 2014

    It's certainly difficult to compare The Killing to Kubrick's later epics like A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut, but by no means should it be overlooked. The Killing is an extremely strong, thoroughly engaging film. Though the cinematography doesn't come near immaculacy of his later films, it still looks wonderful here, especially during the heist sequence. The characters are lovable, and it's interesting how there doesn't seem to be a single main character; they're all "pieces of the puzzle," as the narrator describes in the beginning. This is a classic from Kubrick, and it should definitely be seen.