The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

By Yorgos Lanthimos

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Date: 2017-10-20
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 1min
  • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Actors: Element Pictures
  • Awards: United Kingdom, United States of America, Ireland
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 5.99
From 410 Ratings


Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.



  • Beautiful

    By Faerie Tail
    This movie is definitely an “acquired taste” so to speak, let’s start with that. But as someone who’s favorite genres are thriller, horror and A&A (though the last one doesn’t apply here obvs) everything is predictable and nothing gives you the same OMG factor. But this had my heart racing and made me sick to my stomach at moments. The eerie music, the even more eerie moments without music. I can’t find words.
  • Odd little film

    By Soundboutique
    A strange premise and a questionable scenario, but all together an enjoyable and quirky watch. It’s appeal is in its unraveling over the course of the movie and some fantastic acting. I haven’t seen Nicole Kidman this creepy since Eyes Wide Shut. Which by the way, is similar in vibe. Not sure there’s much to take away from this film, but the process and result is that of the more artistic and interesting side of Hollywood fare.

    By ThisMovieIsTerrible
    It's at times like this that I wish there was a half star rating possible. This movie is absolutely terrible. Plot holes the size of craters. Acting worse than "The Happening", with a story that is worse to boot. DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID AND SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS. Do literally anything else with your time and money. Burn a $10 bill with a lighter. At least that will provide you with temporary warmth.
  • To Quote David Lynch

    By eyeball pie
    "What a heavy load Einstein must have had.......F'ING morons everywhere!" A great film that's clearly not for everyone. Some of my favorite people in the world would probably hate this movie, but I wouldn't call them morons. Dispite my review title, most of the one star reviews of this film were not writen by morons, well not in a general sense of the word anyway. In refrence to film, and they're analysis of it? Yes they are morons.Morons in the sense that they don't understand whats happening in this movie. "They acting was terrible"- the flat delivery of lines in this movie is deliberate, if you don't like it, or feel it didn't work, that's fine, but to label it bad acting is moronic. "the movie went nowhere"- the plot of this movie is like a frieght train, there is dialog in the movie that explains exactly whats happening. Lastly, without this movie I would never have realised that I eat spaghetti in the exact same way my father did, and how extraordinary that is, only my dad and me.
  • Horrible and Nonsensical

    By PathologicalOptimist
    I am a BIG fan of art films, even ones where you have to suspend logic and are on the “weird” side, but this was just ridiculous. I am NOT your average movie goer - ie I like weird and eccentric art films. However... Essentially the script feels like it came out of a five year olds head playing “let’s pretend”. Let’s pretend that I have the power to kill your whole family without touching them, injecting them, or anything - just because I will it... oh and forget the fact that there is no back story as to why or how I can do that - it’s just because I choose to at this moment that I can. In sum this is about a kid taking revenge on a surgeon and his family for apparently accidentally killing his father in surgery, and the kid does it with (I’m guessing here) supernatural powers that are never even acknowledged, let alone explained. The only way the father can prevent the apparent curse from this kindof-witch (again guessing) is to kill a family member. This is the film - end of story. I felt like I was listening to a child whip up a bizarre fantasy with no basis in story-telling elements. What’s worse is the style is a wanna-be Kubrick style without the soul and true artistry. The dialog is so dry and unbelievable that it literally feels like the characters are reciting their lines off a piece of paper. Bottom line - don’t waste your time or money.
  • Absolutely the worst movie ever made

    By Expresssrt
    This movie had no plot, void of any redeeming value and disgusting story line. How this movie was ever made is beyond me. It’s sick.
  • I will never get those 121 minutes of my life back and I couldn’t be more upset about it

    By rkirkpatrick
    Worst movie potentially ever
  • Don't Waste Your Time - You'll Never Get These Two Hours Back

    By John Crosby
    This movie is simply terrible. Nothing is compelling or believable about the story, plot. Why such talent agreed to this script is confounding. What a regrettable and horrible two hours.
  • A Depressing Greek Tragedy in the Modern U.S.

    By Alexis_trjllm
    Somehow Lanthimos was able to blend sardonic humor, misanthropy, tragedy, pop music, classical music, Cincinnati, and A-List actors to create the feel-bad movie of the year. We are supposed to feel detached from these awkward ciphers. We see wide angles, long tracking shots, a conversation that takes place in front of a skyline...coupled with monotone dialogue and soul-deadening performances. The way intimacy between Farrell and Kidman is depicted ought to be taught in film school. Overall, this is a dark cloud of misery that ensnares from the first gruesome shot and slowly asphyxiates until the final scene, at which point one is left completely empty and in need of a hug. Not recommended for anyone who's depressed, but the artistry on display makes this a film worth seeing at least once.
  • Um ok...

    By TheGamer109999999
    This movie is VERY inappropriate and cringe worthy. It is almost UNBEARABLY slow paced, but the finale is DEFINITELY worth it. Wasn’t terrible, all the cringing keep me moderately entertained. Good story too!