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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.


  • Nicole Kidman
  • Toby Kebbell
  • Tatiana Maslany
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Scoot McNairy
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Toby Huss
  • James Jordan
  • Beau Knapp
  • Jade Pettyjohn

Did You Know?


  • While preparing for his role, Sebastian Stan met an FBI agent who was on the TV series, "Inside the FBI" in New York who gave him some tips.
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  • When Bell changes the magazine of her HK MP5 during the firefight in the bank, the sub-machine gun's safety is set to S (Sicher = Safe). During magazine changes (especially under fire) you leave it at the setting that you had: E (Einzelfeuer = Single Shot) or F (Feuerstoss = Full Automatic).
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    • Erin Bell: What if I know who did it?
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Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

I generally enjoyed it but parts of it were predictable. I do like the way the story unfolded, though. And I got a kick out of seeing Nicole Kidman as a damn wreck.

Francisco Jose A
Verified Review

Unbelievably great acting. Must see.

Thomas M


Oct 1, 2018

Perhaps Kusama was trying to bring a greater authenticity to the self-destructive detective trope, and fine, that’s a reasonable goal, but the movie around it isn’t quite grounded enough to pull it off.

Vince Mancini
Sep 9, 2018

Buried in makeup that accentuates her character’s hard-luck existence, Nicole Kidman brings such compelling conviction to her role as a tormented detective that she single handedly imbues the film with urgency and authenticity. That proves crucial, since director Karyn Kusama often miscalculates Destroyer’s sense of its own profundity.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Sep 2, 2018

As ambitious and sometimes unsettling as it is, the film, after crossing back and forth over the line many times, ultimately feels affected in its aspirations toward making some profound statement about self-abasement and sacrifice, making one feel like rejecting the whole thing despite some striking individual moments.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter