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  • Summary: Angelo Ledda (Decleir) is an international hitman who has been hired to terminate two people in Belgium. Unknown to those around him, Ledda has advanced symptoms of Alzheimers, and this double murder will likely be his last. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    Without question, the best crime movie of the year--and one of the best movies of any sort now playing.
  2. A cracking police procedural from Belgian director Erik van Looy, has a jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it.
  3. The title character in this nicely kinked Belgian thriller faces a unique adversary: the enemy hot on his heels is Alzheimer's.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    As exciting and involving as it is brainy.
  5. 75
    Writer-director Erik Van Looy keeps the action moving briskly. Danny Elsen's cinematography is stylish and the acting top-notch.
  6. 70
    Van Looy has created a fast-paced and stylish thriller. Declair's Ledda, marvelously suave and vulnerable, provides most of the pathos.
  7. If you're one of those people who complained that "Memento" could just as well have been told in chronological order, The Memory of a Killer may be your cup of tea.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. KenG
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    Dark, stark, disturbing, poignant movie, which was excellently acted, and has touches that haunt. It takes a no-holds barr approach, not really in that it gives us excessive violence (although there is violence here), but in the way it handles tough, disturbing issues. Expand
  2. PeterL.
    Sep 15, 2005
    10
    Deadpan humor and well-developed action. Great!
  3. LMutz
    Aug 27, 2005
    9
    Wonderful camera work. Effectively used to emphasize uncertainty of killer's actions and memory. Great picture compositions. Story develops very well with lots of suspense. Conflicts at many levels of the story create strong interest in audience. Very well acted. Has some strong violence but is done with taste and good effect. I think it's a must see. Expand
  4. johnp.
    Nov 13, 2005
    9
    Another example of just how much better cinema is across the pond.
  5. tonyb.
    Apr 5, 2006
    7
    Ehh this movie was ok, it was way more hollywood then i was expecting. it wasnt smarter then a hollywood movie it was a hollywood movie with subtitles. no i do agree that the majority of american movies have been extremely terrible as of late. if u want to see a saving grace for hollywood films see kiss kiss bang bang by far the best movie of 2005. Expand
  6. Koen
    Aug 29, 2005
    6
    This movie is not bad, as far as thrillers go. It's not my favorite genre though, and not as exciting as other thrillers. One correction though, this is mainly a Belgian movie, and not a Dutch one. All actors are Belgian, the director is Belgian, and the funcing was Belgian too. So, please correct this in your introduction of the movie. Expand