Act of Killing, The

Lists: Documentary

Brief Synopsis: "In a place where killers are celebrated as heroes, these filmmakers challenge unrepentant death-squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The result is a surreal, cinematic journey, not only into the memories and imaginations of mass murderers, but also into a frighteningly banal regime of corruption and impunity."

Overall Ranking: 771 (Rank from 2013: # 33)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 58.33%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 8.33%


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Greg of Klymkiw Film Corner97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Patrick Devitt90
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium88(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes85(full review)
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Minnesota Man80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch73 - The level of candor in which these gangster and paramilitary leaders illustrate their propensity for crime and corruption is, quite literally, unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread26 - Documentary.
(full review)

People Involved

  • Haji Anif (Himself)
  • Syamsul Arifin (Himself)
  • Sakhyan Asmara (Himself)
  • Anwar Congo (Himself)
  • Joshua Oppenheimer (Director)