Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Act of Killing Reviews

5.0

89

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Stamets

    [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Village VoiceNick Schager

    More terrifying than any horror film, and more intellectually adventurous than just about any 2013 release so far, The Act of Killing is a major achievement, a work about genocide that rightly earns its place alongside Shoah as a supreme testament to the cinema's capacity for inquiry, confrontation, and remembrance.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    This feature-length documentary, currently entering national release, may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    VarietyPeter Debruge

    Never before has anyone made a documentary like The Act of Killing, and the filmmakers seem at a loss in terms of how to organize the many threads of what they capture...Still, essential and enraging, The Act of Killing is a film that begs to be seen, then never watched again.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New YorkerAnthony Lane

    The project gave me pause. Although Oppenheimer has called it “a documentary of the imagination,” whatever that means, would a measure of investigation have spoiled it? We hear that Congo personally exterminated a thousand people. Does that figure stand up, and does it not matter more than his dawning remorse? There is no disputing that we are right at the heart of darkness, but around it is a larger body of evidence, which awaits another explorer.

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