The Kill Team Reviews

October 31, 2019
The Kill Team's depiction of toxic masculinity and bloodthirstiness within the U.S. Army is blunted by an overly passive lead performance and a lack of specificity in its storytelling.
October 31, 2019
The Kill Team is lean, sincere, impassioned filmmaking, yet it fails to leave as much of an impression as it clearly wants to.
October 28, 2019
It's actually the second half I found the most compelling... I find the last 30 minutes the most interesting of all, but [director Dan Krauss] doesn't explore it as much as I wish he would.
October 25, 2019
Krauss digs into the murky, uneasy morality of wartime, but "The Kill Team" doesn't quite convey the brutality of these crimes with the same power that news accounts or even Krauss' own documentary have.
October 25, 2019
"The Kill Team" is so skillfully made, sharply paced (it clocks in under 90 minutes), and generally well-acted (Skarsgard in particular) that its flaws are easy to forgive.
October 25, 2019
If nothing else, hopefully this stillborn narrative version of the story will prompt viewers to seek out Krauss' far superior documentary.
October 25, 2019
[A]n involving story of the ways war corrupts from within.
Top Critic
October 24, 2019
Krauss cannot bring this story through with the necessary urgency, despite the additional wrinkle of a hero who is both alarmed by and complicit in his superior's crimes.
October 24, 2019
While the leads are credible, the filmmaking (including a hacky score) adds a sheen of macho familiarity to a narrative that was eerily matter-of-fact in doc form.
October 24, 2019
Skarsgård is dangerous as ever here, but writer-director Dan Krauss' drama offers very little insight into the minds of these men, and we're left with no satisfying takeaway.
October 23, 2019
A bit redundant, but powerful nonetheless thanks to the two leads.
October 23, 2019
As lucid and intense as it is underwritten...this riveting thriller still manages to amplify its subject much louder than Krauss has been able to before.
October 23, 2019
"The Kill Team" serves an essential function by illustrating in agonizing detail not only how easily morality can be subjugated to hate, but how important it is for people of conscience to do the right thing.
May 2, 2019
Atrocities don't exist in a vacuum, and "The Kill Team" is most valuable - and chillingly effective - as an exposé of the means by which honorable young military men grow comfortable with perpetrating heinous crimes.
May 1, 2019
Both a tense moral thriller and a disheartening account of our country's actions abroad.