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Kill the Messenger Reviews

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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-
September 26, 2014
Ultimately jejune and hokey in spots, 'Messenger' has a lot of heart and passion. It's even soulful in its best quiet moments, but the well-meaning film doesn't possess the skills to transform admirable ambitions into something with lasting resonance.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 2, 2015
Part political exposé, part character study, Kill the Messenger feels too much like a polemic, and too little like a human drama, failing to entertain as well as it informs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2014
Webb deserves this level of respect, but he also deserves a film as unafraid of going against convention as he was.
September 26, 2014
The intent of the film, and its timeliness, are beyond reproach, but that doesn't make "Kill the Messenger" as stirring or inspiring of indignation as it clearly wants to be.
October 10, 2014
A sturdy if uneven film that will leave audiences disillusioned -- and perhaps a bit horrified -- about truth, justice and what it contends is the real American way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2014
It's ironic that in the end, "Kill the Messenger" is let down by its writing, in that there's just too much of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 9, 2014
The film falters as the story swells and churns ...
October 8, 2014
Renner, also a producer of the movie, makes the fatal mistake of rendering a complicated figure a simple warrior for facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 6, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Kill the Messenger" is a frustrating movie. It fails both as a brief biopic and as a political thriller. It works somewhat as a sketch character study, but that's not enough to satisfy a movie audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 9, 2014
"Kill the Messenger" displays the same anesthetized quality that Webb's dedication to his job was meant to counteract. Renner is a different story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 5, 2015
Solid, though director Michael Cuesta doesn't have the journalistic balls of his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 9, 2014
"Kill the Messenger" tells an interesting tale, but it's caught in an odd zone between too-Hollywood and not Hollywood enough. If only screenwriters got to choreograph real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 9, 2014
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.
October 10, 2014
Clichés and obviousness litter the movie.
October 12, 2014
When the hero becomes the goat...
October 7, 2014
The film devolves quickly into a pedestrian character study that basks in Gary Webb's public shaming and victimization, losing sight of the bravery and probing talent that characterized his writing.
October 10, 2014
Rather than a fiercely intelligent, live-wire exposé, the well-intentioned picture comes across as weak-tea drama that never fully justifies its docudramatic form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2015
The muddled movie contains all the elements of a top-notch muckraker, deployed erratically and to increasingly diminished returns.
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