Warner Bros. | Release Date: February 1, 1985 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 18 Critic Reviews
Positive:
15
Mixed:
2
Negative:
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A powerful, gut-wrenching film that ranks in the top of the 1984 product. [19 Nov 1984]
90
An extraordinary movie. [5 Nov 1984, p.74]
90
The most powerful study of the Vietnam era since "Apocalypse Now"...Roland Joffe's direction is gripping, unflagging, if sometimes ragged. But the flaws strengthen the film, give it a more realistic edge, which truly reflects the time and captures the joy of forgiveness and friendship refound. [18 Jan 1985, p.25]
88
Like Apocalypse Now, The Killing Fields tries to show the Southeast Asian war as a lethal spasm of recent history, wholly predictable but nonetheless quite unexpected, and all the more terrible for those elements. And like Apocalypse Now, this film succeeds in the almost surreal business of recalling a nightmare. At its best, The Killing Fields is unforgettable. [18 Jan 1985, p.D1]