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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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United Kingdom, Ireland, United States · 2017
Rated R · 2h 1m
Director Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor's life in gradually unsettling ways.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

Terrifying and grotesquely absurd, but so masterfully done that I never once questioned it

Summer Goldstein Profile picture for Summer Goldstein

Utterly captivating in its controlled, deliberate build up of tension and psychological horror. It works so well in part because of how much the cast commits to selling the absurdity of this world.

What are critics saying?


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Fortunately, the filmmaker’s rare gift for brutal absurdity remains intact, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer only gets funnier as it grows darker.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humor of Yorgos Lanthimos' work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is Lanthimos with the gloves off, and it makes the absurd, amazing “The Lobster” seem like a warm and cuddly experience by comparison.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

In Farrell and Kidman, he has found two performers who are utterly willing to go the whole hog and their performances are brilliant deadpans.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It’s an intriguing, disturbing, amusing twist on something which in many ways could be a conventional horror-thriller from the 1970s or 1980s, or even a bunny-boiler nightmare from the 90s.

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