Jack Aling’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's a Mistake to Confuse Pity With Love.
An empty and bland love story sets the scene of Kubrick's early feature.
It's a difficult and forgettable watch which makes it hard to talk about. There are no standout moments, the direction works but brings nothing exciting to the table, Kubrick is still very much learning his craft. What is fascinating is to watch the progression of his skill from the chaotic beginnings of Fear and Desire to becoming one of the most influential directors of all time.
The jump in quality from Fear and Desire to Killer's Kiss in just two years is monumental. It's a much cleaner and stronger film, but the story and lack of any real character development let the final experience down.
Too much ambiguity leads to a lack of connection of an otherwise well put together piece.