• FILM

  • SEARCH FOR

A Kiss Before Dying

Directed by James Dearden. Starring Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max Von Sydow, James Russo, Martha Gehman, Adam Horovitz. (1991, R, 94 min.)

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., May 10, 1991

The good things of American life -- money, status, success -- are only a marriage or murder away for the anti-hero in A Kiss Before Dying. Beyond that, however, that's all this film superficially contemplates; any moral ambiguities that it might have pondered about getting ahead in a capitalistic system are lost in a badly constructed plot. Director-screenwriter Dearden, who wrote the script for Fatal Attraction, does a terrible job of making the pieces of the who's-he-going-to-kill-next narrative stick; jumping around with an unnerving frequency, this film self-destructs before your very eyes.

READ MORE
More Matt Dillon Films
Girl Most Likely
Kristen Wiig plays the darker side of the girl who hasn't fulfilled her potential and Annette Bening co-stars as her Atlantic City mom.

Kimberley Jones, July 19, 2013

Takers
This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.

Kimberley Jones, Sept. 3, 2010

More by Steve Davis
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Edina and Patsy hit the big screen with mixed results

July 22, 2016

Captain Fantastic
Viggo Mortensen and family go off the grid

July 22, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

A Kiss Before Dying, James Dearden, Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max Von Sydow, James Russo, Martha Gehman, Adam Horovitz

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
This content has not been formatted for this window size.
Please increase the size of your browser window, or revisit this page on a mobile device.
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)