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About the Movie
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 236
- Fresh: 188
- Rotten: 48
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Killing of a Sacred Deer is haunting and singular and strange, but it's also icy, remote, and too enigmatic.
Rotten: It's less a film about crime and punishment than an occasion for Lanthimos to cycle through the idiosyncratic set of perversities that first grabbed our attention but has been growing staler with each picture.
Fresh: An amazingly weird assemblage of notions from Greek mythology and concepts from pessimistic geniuses like Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and Michael Haneke, the film creates something akin to a dreadful dream.
Fresh: Performances are solid all round, but the standout is Irish actor Keoghan. Shy and lonely one moment, utterly blood-chilling the next, he's a mesmerizing presence on this screen of menace.
An Unsettling Experience
I've been a big fan of Yorgos Lanthimos' style for years, and it might not be as easy to swallow for viewers unfamiliar with his films (I recommend "The Lobster" highly, especially as an introductory film for this). That being said, whether you've seen his films or no, this movie will make you feel uneasy and a little sick in the stomach. It's definitely not for everyone. The dialogue is spoken without emotion, the pacing is effective at building tension (but a lot of people will just find it tedious and slow), and there are lots of cringe-worthy moments that'll definitely turn viewers off. But for people willing to keep their minds open, this is a disturbing pirch-black "comedy"/thriller inspired by Greek mythology that'll stick with you for a while. I don't want to spoil the conflict because it's very surprising and a lot more interesting when going into this film blind. There is bloody, realistic violence, strange sexual situations and ear-piercing music. I personally loved it and hope you do too.
Why the good ratings??
This movie was just cringeworthy to even watch. I get what they were trying to do and what Greek myth they were basing it on but it’s so boring and the acting was abysmal.
Farrell/Kidman/newcomers shine in this real-time thriller
An award winner for screenplay at Cannes in 2017, Yorgos Lanthimos' slow burn script is not for those who favor linear and easily deciphered plots. Rather, the rewards continue long after running time - with analysis of this unusually disturbing story.
Past transgressions come back to haunt characters in a way that only a gifted screenwriter can create, as aided by a grizzled and vulnerable Colin Farrell. Viewers are treated to some beautiful shots of 50 year old Nicole Kidman, while newcomer Barry Keoghan (of Dunkirk) actually steals the show in one of the creepiest roles in recent years. NOT for the faint of heart, this modern noir thriller easily made it into one of my top selections of this year.