Natural Born Killers

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Released 1994

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
1994
Rating:
R

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 crime drama from director Oliver Stone and writer Quentin Tarantino and starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as Mickey and Mallory Knox, a crazed husband-and-wife duo who go on a murderous rampage across the United States that leaves a bloody trail behind them and a bleak future in front of them. Tom Sizemore appears as Detective Jack Scagnetti, Rodney Dangerfield plays Ed Wilson, Robert Downey, Jr. plays Wayne Gale, and Tommy Lee Jones plays prison warden Dwight McClusky. The film is a bloody satire on the public's adoration of American criminals and the media's power to elevate murderers to hero status. The film features sharp dialogue and stylized visuals, including scenes of animation and parodies of classic television shows. Natural Born Killers received a lot of attention for its graphic violence, and landed at number eight on Entertainment Weekly's list of the most controversial movies of all time.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Like all good satirists, he knows that too much realism will weaken his effect. He lets you know he's making a comedy. There's an over-the-top exuberance to the intricate crosscut ...

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Natural Born Killers never digs deep enough. Mr. Stone's vision is impassioned, alarming, visually inventive, characteristically overpowering. But it's no match for the awful truth.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Natural Born Killers is both audacious and astonishing, a vision of a charnel house apocalypse that comes close to defying description. [26 Aug 1994, p.1]

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    assassination, obsession, nightmares, illegal activities, good vs. evil