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Kill the Messenger Reviews

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September 5, 2019
Presented as a mixture of journalistic woe and political conspiracy, a brightly scrubbed cast and a tightly wound pace manage to make the best use of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2019
Evokes the detailed energy and ennui of enterprise journalism, and thanks to Jeremy Renner's best performance outside The Hurt Locker, Webb comes across as a more meaningfully complex character than most comparable crusaders, real or imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 10, 2019
Kill the Messenger is worth seeing for Renner's work and for the information it provides about its time and its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 7, 2019
Kill the Messenger was, in my opinion, one of the more solid dramas in this year's local release schedule.
November 10, 2017
Grim, taut and smartly paced, Kill The Messenger is undoubtedly one of the best crime-dramas of the year. Watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 17, 2017
The acting in Kill The Messenger can't be faulted. I just wish the movie itself was as focused and driven as Renner's performance.
September 1, 2017
Come for the acting, but not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 27, 2017
The movie is full of fine actors doing fine work in so-so roles... Their performances, rather than Michael Cuesta's uncertain direction, give the movie its considerable energy.
April 6, 2016
The script by former journalist Peter Landesman, who recently directed the medical drama Concussion, does a good job of simplifying a complex real-life chain of events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 26, 2016
The film doesn't demand that you now respect Webb or sing his praises, but it does ask you to look at the cracks in that tranquil fašade, and to keep looking, no matter how much it seems to fracture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 29, 2015
The first half of the movie captivates as it runs through his impressive investigation. But the fallout from Webb's scoop is less enthralling and the story loses traction as it focuses on his crumbling personal life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2015
The muddled movie contains all the elements of a top-notch muckraker, deployed erratically and to increasingly diminished returns.
March 8, 2015
It's sporadically gripping but ultimately rather frustrating fare, leaving us intrigued enough by the conspiracy-theory backstory to want hard documentary evidence rather than mere dramatic licence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2015
Jeremy Renner is on terrific form... but the rest of the movie doesn't quite live up to his impressively nuanced performance.
March 6, 2015
[Renner gives] is a rousing performance but the film is a little one-dimensional in its portrayal of Webb as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2015
Kill the Messenger is earnest and righteous but almost entirely lacking in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2015
An absorbing, briskly handled account of true events with strong work from Jeremy Renner as swashbuckling, self-righteous reporter Gary Webb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2015
It's no surprise to find that Cuesta has also directed episodes of the superb TV drama Homeland; he knows how to escalate tension, and also how to fold his protagonist's domestic dramas into the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2015
It's hard to look away as his world unwinds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2015
Although skilfully made and often exciting, Kill the Messenger ultimately fails to flog us its key contention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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