Top 5000
Down 245 this week

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 22,323 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 65 user | 185 critic | 36 from

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.



(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
a list of 35 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
a list of 33 titles
created 23 Mar 2014
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 45 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Kill Your Darlings (2013) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Kill Your Darlings.

User Polls

5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

What If I (2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park
Howl (2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi, Jon Prescott
Horns (2013)
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud
Palo Alto (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual ... See full summary »

Director: Gia Coppola
Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer
A Young Doctor's Notebook (TV Series 2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosie Cavaliero
Submarine (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

Director: Richard Ayoade
Stars: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim
Heartbeats (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.

Director: Naomi Foner
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Sterling Jones


Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Steeves
Brenda Wehle ...
Permissions Librarian
Lenore Harris ...
DA Secretary
Mark Ethan ...
Campus Guard
Luke Detweiler


In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A true story of obsession and murder

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

19 September 2013 (Croatia)  »

Also Known As:

Amores asesinos  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,452 (USA) (18 October 2013)


$1,029,949 (USA) (21 February 2014)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First feature film directed by John Krokidas. See more »


Jack Kerouac, upon his arrest, contacts his father and we hear an American accent on the line. Kerouac's parents were French-speaking Quebecois and it took Jack until his late teens to fully master English, which he spoke with a slight Québec lilt; it is thus unlikely his father and he would have spoken in English, much less in a General American accent. See more »


Allen Ginsberg: [reading his poem] Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I've heard the strange madness long growing in your soul, in your isolation but you fortunate in your ignorance. You who have suffered find where love hides, give, share, lose, lest we die unbloomed.
Jack Kerouac: Allen, that was beautiful, kid.
Lucien Carr: You wrote that?
Allen Ginsberg: You asked me to.
See more »


Let's Get Away From It All
Written by Tom Adair (as Thomas Adair), Matt Dennis
Performed by West Coast All Stars
Published by Music Sales Corp.
Courtesy of Music Sales
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

young playful, yet dark love, seductively emotional
18 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was iffy on watching this since I am not into poetry and it seem like a film deal with era I don't really connect with, But I am wrong when Allen ( Daniel Radcliffe) smile at Lac (Dane) performance of a obscure poem along gesture in library during Allen's freshman tour to his new school.

Fun and poem are flattering witty and beautiful. They do kind a lot of reciting of poems and it add more feels to the scene.

Chemistry between Allen and Lac was amazing and intensifying trilling. They were very comfort with being sexual situations. It not vulgar like HBO sex scene (loud,thrusting) but nude with implication of bonding.

later, it got so dark and angst but I think it end on good note on Allen regarding his career path.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Unfair and One Sided Portrayal of Carr nellygrl
5/10: Disappointing, unbalanced and Radcliffe STILL can't act . . . tkksilvergun
Does Dane.. Casimira
kudos to Ben Foster . . . onebluesky-1
EXCITED FOR THIS AND Teeheehee gracani122
Chris Evans will murder the essence of Kerouac...period petermarshfilms
Discuss Kill Your Darlings (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: