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Kill the Messenger Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    It doesn't entirely engage, in part because it's so determined to correct the story that it can't let us explore it ourselves.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    If the screenplay to Kill the Messenger were a news story, any capable copydesk would have kicked it back to the reporter — not for a shortage of facts, but a lack of dramatic soul.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Director Michael Cuesta (Homeland) includes just enough real news footage among the heavily scripted scenes to make you crave a documentary on Webb instead.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker David Denby

    Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see Kill the Messenger.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Renner appears completely immersed in his role and when the clouds of doubt accumulate and the man becomes a professional pariah, it's a painful thing to see.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Kill the Messenger is compelling material but the recognition that the core of the narrative is based on true events gives it additional power.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Jeremy Renner doesn’t put much movie-star mustard on his performance as a newspaper reporter in Kill the Messenger, and that’s one of the reasons the work is so strong.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As suspenseful as any episode of Showtime's "Homeland," which director Michael Cuesta also executive-produced.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Andrew Barker

    The film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since The Hurt Locker.

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