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Destroyer (2018)



Critic Consensus: Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact.

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Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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Nicole Kidman
as Erin Bell
Toby Huss
as Gil Lawson
Shamier Anderson
as Actor, Antonio
Zach Villa
as Arturo
Colby French
as Actor, Det. Kudra
Kelvin Han Yee
as Lt. Oshima
Cuete Yeska
as Taz's Guy
Doug Simpson
as Other Agent
Kale Clauson
as Informant Cousin
Jan Hoag
as Toby's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Destroyer

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[Kidman's] collaboration with Karyn Kusama, who directed this film, is another example of her willingness to back a filmmaker still to peak.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This uneven and downbeat film will play to small audiences - but that it exists is kind of wonderful.

January 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I have to say I found Kidman's performance superb: smart, committed, utterly absorbing.

January 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kidman is one of our great screen actresses, but here she destroys everything in her path.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

In some respects, "Destroyer" plays like a movie that would ordinarily go straight to Showtime, and only a few things help it rise above that level to reach a state of mediocrity.

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If there's a powerful performance here, it's obscured by the ludicrous Kabuki mask of pain in which Kidman is outfitted.

January 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Destroyer

Honestly expected more from Kusama after The Invitation, but while Destroyer is still a very well put-together genre film it does little to exceed the boundaries of its given genre-even with a fully committed and totally de-glamorized Nicole Kidman performance. The structure tries to do something interesting with the crime thriller tropes as well, but even that twist feels somewhat rote at this point. Still, it's not not entertaining and I was just invested enough to care about where the story took our main character.

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