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Reviews: Kill the Messenger (2014)

kill_the_messengerReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Thriller que indaga en la podredumbre de quienes gobiernan los destinos de la humanidad que podría haber dado un poco de sí desde el trabajo de su director, Michael Cuesta. Con todo, no es mala película.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: There are ways in which both fictional and documentary films can bring the truth to a life that is bigger than the facts alone. Kill the Messenger is just an adaptation of a Wikipedia entry.
  • Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com
    • Excerpt: Avoiding the trap of a procedural, Cuesta’s film feels very much like an intimate character drama spliced with its overarching message concerning easily manipulated media frenzies and the undiscussed corruption going on within our governmental agencies.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A drama made memorable by a Jeremy Renner’s mercurial performance as the passionate investigative journalist Gary Webb.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Matar al mensajero tiene un principio muy potente y durante unos cuantos minutos va subiendo muchísimo el interés; lo malo es que cuando todavía no ha llegado ni a la mitad, lo más interesante ya ha pasado, y lo que queda es una trama con bastante poca tensión, que dura más de la cuenta.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: What’s missing is some expression of the emotional and psychological toll on Gary beyond the basic acknowledgement that these events are affecting him…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Cynthia Fuchs @ PopMatters
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Suspenseful political thriller, focusing on the fate of yet another truth-seeking whistleblower.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What makes this so watchable is Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of newspaper reporter Gary Webb. He is really good at getting the audience to like him.
  • [New – 3/6/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A passionate and intense drama — fueled by a fierce Jeremy Renner — that furiously underscores the problem of lickspittle corporate “journalism.”
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The subject remains strong enough to recommend but Kill the Messenger is too choppy to rank as one of the harder hitting political thrillers.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 3/6/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Kill the Messenger” is a frustrating movie. It fails both as a brief biopic and as a political thriller. It works somewhat as a sketch character study, but that’s not enough to satisfy a movie audience.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A solid fact-based period piece…anchored by a vivid performance from Jeremy Renner…a welcome throwback to the days of activist Hollywood David-vs.-Goliath films.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Director Michael Cuesta and screenwriter Peter Landsman have difficulty structuring the story to best exploit its intrinsic drama, leaving Messenger feeling somewhat lumpy.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:39 pm

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