Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 2013
Certified Fresh76%
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When Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is accepted at Columbia, he finds stuffy tradition clashing with daringly modern ideas and attitudes – embodied by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Lucien is an object of fascination for shy, unsophisticated Allen, and soon he is drawn into Lucien’s hard-drinking, jazz-clubbing circle of friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), who clearly resents Allen’s position as Lucien’s new sidekick. A true story of friendship, love and murder, Kill Your Darlings recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh76%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by the tremendous chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings casts a vivid spotlight on an early chapter in the story of the Beat Generation.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

Foster is wonderful as the watchful, weak Burroughs, at ease only when drugged, with a mouth like...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

Revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Cath Clarke
Fresh

Daniel Radcliffe is back in a pair of nerdy specs as Allen Ginsberg in this sincere, heartfelt fil...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson
Fresh

Bursting with hipster attitude and New York atmosphere, the fact-based "Kill Your Darlings" is a c...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long
Fresh

You don't need to know the Beats to understand "Kill Your Darlings," you just need to know the twi...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Docudrama digs into early Beat history with sex and drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kill Your Darlings could potentially appeal to hardcore Harry Potter fans eager to see anything star Daniel Radcliffe does. But this is not an appropriate movie for young teen fans of The Boy Who Lived. It's a candid docudrama depicting the early friendship between Beat Generation poets Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac with Lucien Carr, who killed an older man who may or may not have been his lover. Graphic sex and substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, cigarettes) are all heavily referenced or visible throughout the movie, as is strong language ("f--k," "a--hole," derogatory terms for Jewish people) and a murder that's shown with additional details throughout the movie. Mature high-schoolers who do see it will learn more about the Beat Poets, how they met, what they believed, and how interconnected their lives were both intellectually and romantically.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 16, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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