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Natural Born Killers Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Stone takes his characters right over the top, rubbing our noses in our own lust for excess, and some viewers are bound to say that he's gone too far. Yet this may be one case where too far is just far enough-where a gifted filmmaker has transformed his own attraction to violence into an art of depraved catharsis.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Like all good satirists, he knows that too much realism will weaken his effect. He lets you know he's making a comedy. There's an over-the-top exuberance to the intricate crosscut editing and to the hyperactive camera.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    A brilliant mess, I suppose, in the way that seriously disturbed people can sometimes deliver a briefly mesmerizing vision of the universe while babbling. If nothing else, Natural Born Killers is the most in-your-face movie ever released by a major Hollywood studio. [25 Aug 1994, p.A10]

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Flashily nihilistic Killers is easier to admire than love, but credit Stone for putting it on the line with a yarn tailor-made for his hopped-up vision of media-engendered white-trash immortality. [26 Aug 1994, p.1D]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Natural Born Killers is visually complex and thematically simple. Mixing film and video, black-and-white and color, morphing and animation, Stone breaks visual ground here for a major studio release. [26 Aug 1994, p.B]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an aggressive film that features a serial killer couple who kills indiscriminately. Violence is used liberally throughout the film in the form of graphic murder, beatings, and torture -- mostly perpetrated by the couple on their unsuspecting victims. Sex is shown and discussed, and is hardly ever in a loving form. A scene features a father making unwanted sexual advances toward his daughter. Another features a murder that begins with a man performing oral sex on a woman while on a car hood. Language is unrestrained and used quite violently intoned. Parents should note that an unrated director's cut is available on DVD with even more graphic violence and sexual situations added to the originally released version.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. The film was intended to criticize the media for glorifying violence. Is it successful? Would you have gone about it differently?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The point of the movie may be to criticize the media for glorifying violence, but it does this through more and more over-the-top violence, clouding the message for many viewers, especially younger viewers.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Main characters are serial killers and are meant to be as bad as humans get.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant and vivid depictions of graphic murders, torture.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A father makes unwanted sexual advances towards his daughter. A man performs oral sex on a woman while on a car hood.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Use of and scenes depicting the effects of many drugs.