Destroyer

Destroyer

Destroyer

Nicole Kidman plays a police detective, broken and battle-hardened, who attempts to reconnect with the members of a gang she infiltrated as a young undercover cop—a past that continues to haunt her. From director Karyn Kusama, reuniting with the writers of 2015's The Invitation.

2018Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & sexual material123 minsUSA
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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Star power can be a dangerous, delicate thing, as director Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) proves in this knotty cop thriller. On the one hand, subverting Nicole Kidman’s glamourous profile adds a bitter edge to every scene. On the other, it wipes everyone else out of the movie.

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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Star power can be a dangerous, delicate thing, as director Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) proves in this knotty cop thriller. On the one hand, subverting Nicole Kidman’s glamourous profile adds a bitter edge to every scene. On the other, it wipes everyone else out of the movie.

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Flicks, Blake Howard

Flicks, Blake Howard

There are good and bad things about Nicole Kidman's latest film. A glare-filled performance from the veteran actor is one of the good.

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Variety

Variety

Kidman has always been a chameleon, but in this case, she doesn’t merely change her color; she disappears into an entirely new skin, rearranging her insides to fit the character’s tough hide.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's a mechanical noir dressed up as something more substantial and this is especially felt in an ending that drowns in unearned profundity.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Kidman brings such compelling conviction to her role as a tormented detective that she single handedly imbues the film with urgency and authenticity.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Lost in the shuffle of award season comes a police procedural so hard-boiled it could break your teeth.

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NPR

NPR

Rarely are women cast in these roles of screwed-up, hard-boiled antiheroes with a lifetime of regrets to make up for, and even if this is your basic LA noir, it's well-executed and satisfying in all the ways it should be.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The grim relentlessness with which "Destroyer" seesaws between time frames - as if to make sure that no state of abjection, past or present, goes unexplored - wore me out long before the endlessly protracted finish.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The movie takes its time to provide a satisfying rationale, occasionally suffering from a sluggish pace and sleepy atmosphere that lessens the underlying mystery...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately feels affected in its aspirations toward making some profound statement about self-abasement and sacrifice, making one feel like rejecting the whole thing despite some striking individual moments.

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