‘Kill Your Darlings’: How’d Daniel Radcliffe Do?

Critics don't see any trace of Harry Potter left as Radcliffe takes on Allen Ginsberg. MTV News rounds up the film's reviews.

It may have cost a fraction of the budget of even one “Harry Potter” movie, but Daniel Radcliffe’s “Kill Your Darlings” is garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career. Based on a true story of murder and poetry, Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg, a leader of the beat poetry movement in the 1950s. Things take a turn for the dark when he meets Dane DeHaan’s Lucien Carr, whose obsession with David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) threatens to take Ginsberg down with him.

Best Beat Movie Yet
” ‘Kill Your Darlings’ is the latest and the most compelling. Far more coherent than last year’s aimless ‘On the Road’ and more sharply focused than 2010′s ‘Howl…’ Director John Krokidas gets the Beats. This multi-faceted tale — part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story, part intellectual disquisition of a socio-literary movement — is well-shot, assuredly directed and sharply written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn.” — Claudia Puig, USA Today

Can’t Beat This Cast, Either
“The cast has turned over during the years Krokidas worked on it, but luck and fate have worked in the filmmaker’s favor: In addition to Radcliffe (who first expressed interest in 2008), Dane DeHaan is hot and dangerous as Carr, Ben Foster burrows into Burroughs, Jack Huston seduces as Jack Kerouac, and Michael C. Hall is just the right combo of desperate/creepy/lovelorn as Kammerer. ” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

This Ain’t Harry Potter
“In a performance outre enough to banish any semblance of Harry Potter from the screen, Daniel Radcliffe brings a solid physical likeness and a naturally sympathetic bearing to the role of the young Allen Ginsberg.” — Justin Chang, Variety

Seriously. Not Harry Potter.
“…And one scene in which [Radcliffe] decisively embraces his sexuality likely will be viewed as a major step for the actor toward distancing himself from the Harry Potter persona. The boy wizard never pinned his knees behind his ears.” — David Rooney, < a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/kill-your-darlings/review/413913" target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter

“Kill Your Darlings” hits limited run theaters Wednesday (October 16).


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