Kill Your Friends
Directed by Owen Harris
In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.
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★★★★ review by Jak-Luke Sharp on Letterboxd
"Only one thing matters in this racket: Big. Hit. Records"
The imitation criticism of American Psycho and the purely deplorable characters aside, second time around I found Kill Your Friends to be a rather enjoyable cultural thriller. Performances are good but nothing screams presence, it's all very bland with Hoult showcasing his leading man prowess with little in the way of special. It's the story here that somehow just caught me, perhaps it's the utterly hideous and horrifying steps the film leads, but one way or another i was hooked.
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★★★★ review by Kaci Elizabeth on Letterboxd
What a killer film.
I'd watch Nicholas Hoult eat a bagel, if I'm being honest. But this is far better than that thought.
By far not the best film I've seen. And I'm not a big fan of music focused movies, but this was a pleasant surprise.
★★★½ review by nevin on Letterboxd
tony from skins: the later years
★★★½ review by Chris on Letterboxd
Plays like a Very British American Psycho, with Nicholas Hoult in the role of Patrick Bateman and Radiohead in the role of Huey Lewis and the News.
The kind of movie so dark and cynical that for the first time I remember, I felt self-conscious about laughing at what was going on. But I still did. And I did it a lot.
At one point a woman in the row in front of me laughed while the rest of the theatre sat in silence (and probably disgust) at what was going on. Well at least I'm not the worst person here, I thought. But then I started laughing too and my moment of moral superiority immediately vanished in a snort and a guffaw.
★★★½ review by Oliver Ringwald on Letterboxd
If I'd ever downloaded a track illegally from the internet, I would feel less guilty about it, after watching this movie.
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