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October 25, 2019
It's recommended for Nat Wolff completionists, but those interested in the story are better off viewing the director's riveting, challenging documentary of the same name.
October 31, 2019
The Kill Team's depiction of toxic masculinity and bloodthirstiness within the U.S. Army is blunted by an overly passive lead performance and a lack of specificity in its storytelling.
October 24, 2019
Skarsgård is dangerous as ever here, but writer-director Dan Krauss' drama offers very little insight into the minds of these men, and we're left with no satisfying takeaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2019
What might have been a riveting account of a war crime is now a shallow depiction of a young man's moral crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 25, 2019
In making Briggman less indecisive about the call to turn in his squad, the film doesn't allow for Deeks' justifications for his crimes to take hold.
October 24, 2019
If nothing else, hopefully this stillborn narrative version of the story will prompt viewers to seek out Krauss' far superior documentary.
October 31, 2019
The Kill Team is lean, sincere, impassioned filmmaking, yet it fails to leave as much of an impression as it clearly wants to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2019
Why make a feature film based on your own documentary?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
October 25, 2019
[Even] at only a scant 87-minutes I had trouble maintaining interest in all that was happening all the way through to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2019
It's actually the second half I found the most compelling... I find the last 30 minutes the most interesting of all, but [director Dan Krauss] doesn't explore it as much as I wish he would.
October 24, 2019
While the leads are credible, the filmmaking (including a hacky score) adds a sheen of macho familiarity to a narrative that was eerily matter-of-fact in doc form.
October 25, 2019
Committed performances bolster this latest examination of the psychological effects of war, which is more admirable for its intentions than its execution.
October 24, 2019
Even re-working this story as fiction, Krauss can't make a reasonable argument that his main subject is primarily a victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
October 24, 2019
Krauss cannot bring this story through with the necessary urgency, despite the additional wrinkle of a hero who is both alarmed by and complicit in his superior's crimes.
July 11, 2020
[Writer/director Dan] Krauss builds a level of suspense and emotional tension that ... serve as a painful reminder that serial killing in the context of war is an issue that will never be fully erased.
October 31, 2019
The Kill Team is an excellent and haunting film, believably acted, and flawlessly directed, that dives deep into a contemporary soldier's story in the war of Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 26, 2019
The director's less equals more approach, allows Kill Team narrow focus despite having little new to offer in the way of military corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 25, 2019
Hopefully, word-of-mouth is enough to make The Kill Team a hit.
May 3, 2019
Riveting in its intensity as well as a tremendous showcase for Alexander Skarsgård and Nat Wolff.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2019
Skarsgard excels in the film based on a true story and the 2014 Krauss documentary. Gripping. A must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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