The reviews are in. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is “yet another artistic zenith for Martin Scorsese and his collaborators,” reads the critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The popular review aggregator has given Scorsese’s highly anticipated film a 95% Fresh rating, out of 97 reviews.
Empire Magazine was very impressed, particularly with Scorsese, describing the film as “exceptional filmmaking, by an exceptional filmmaker,” and gave it 5 stars.
Collider praised the acting, calling “Killers of the Flower Moon” a “triumph for its leading cast” DiCaprio, De Niro and Gladstone.
Direction and acting weren’t the only ones that caught positive attention from critics. The Hollywood Reporter commended many aspects of the film, describing it as “a film as richly atmospheric as it is character-driven, heightened by the somber colors of Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography and the evocative details of Jack Fisk’s customarily scrupulous period production design.”
Deadline’s critic said that despite the film’s runtime of 3 hours and 26 minutes, “I never looked at my watch” and said that the film “feels truly epic in many ways, but all in service to the story.”
The New York Post was all praises too. “Good old reliable Marty pulls it off again, addictively unraveling a tale that’s almost too terrible to be true with panache, gusto and just the right amount of cultural respect,” they raved. “Plus, it’s phenomenally entertaining. Scorsese remains one of the very, very few directors who can craft an ‘important’ movie that’s also stylish and easy to devour.”
Positive reaction to “Killers of the Flower Moon” has also earned the film Oscar frontrunner status. The nominations have yet to be announced, but pundits are saying that the film will get nominations in all the major categories. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a strong contender for best picture, directing for Scorsese, and acting for DiCaprio, De Niro, and Gladstone, all of whom have been garnering praise since the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year.
At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Also starring Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s best-selling book.
Hailing from Apple Studios, “Killers of the Flower Moon” was produced alongside Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions and Appian Way. Producers are Martin Scorsese, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas and Daniel Lupi, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Rick Yorn, Adam Sommer, Marianne Bower, Lisa Frechette, John Atwood, Shea Kammer and Niels Juul serving as executive producers.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, William Belleau, Louis Cancelmi, Tatanka Means, Michael Abbot Jr., Pat Healy, Scott Shepard, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson
Writers: Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese
Producers: Martin Scorsese, Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Daniel Lupi
Exec. Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Rick Yorn, Adam Somner, Marianne Bower, Lisa Frechette, John Atwood, Shea Kammer, Niels Juul