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Devils Knot

Crime . Drama . Thriller . Biography

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Actors: Reese Witherspoon , Colin Firth , Mireille Enos , Stephen Moyer , Kevin Durand , Collette Wolfe , Elias Koteas , Bruce Greenwood , Amy Ryan , Alessandro Nivola , James Hamrick
Directors: Atom Egoyan
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-12
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  • Adam Markovitz

    The movie doesn’t grab you emotionally, but director Atom Egoyan (Exotica) teases apart the case’s details with grim fascination.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The case is revisited with painstaking detail, and a riveting picture emerges once again about misunderstood outsiders.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Far from being overkill, the well-conceived drama featuring A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in key roles, will bring this infuriating tale of injustice to many mainstream moviegoers for the first time.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    There are too many major characters and too many points of emphasis. As elegantly directed as it sometimes is, it feels disjointed, scattered. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While the film is not nearly as evocative as Egoyan's 1997 masterpiece "The Sweet Hereafter" (also about children who died tragically), it is still an intrinsically fascinating story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Well-intentioned but emotionally straitjacketed.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s not a bad film, exactly, but it’s a jumbled, uncertain one, and it never quite makes a compelling case for itself.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s a epic tragedy, and summing it up in under two hours does nobody justice.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The writer-director has the talent to dig deep and lay bare the assumptions behind our idea of justice and our notions of right and wrong. In The Devil's Knot, he settles for an encyclopedic, if skin-deep, presentation.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Despite the fine performance by Witherspoon and a number of the supporting players, Devil’s Knot comes across as a cinematic, slightly dramatized Cliffs Notes edition of a story that’s been told often, and almost always more effectively, in other formats.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    In the opening images of Devil’s Knot, the camera sets a menacing, Hitchcockian mood by stealthily creeping into the woods where the murders took place. But the movie settles into being a police procedural with the tone of a superior episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Egoyan musters some of the power he brought to The Sweet Hereafter, another lost-children tale, but little of the lyric beauty or sense of a community coming unglued.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    What’s most frustrating about Devil’s Knot—especially for longtime Egoyan fans—is how generic the movie becomes every time it folds another wrinkle into the case.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    Rather than thrilling, the courtroom sequences seem only enervating, nudging us toward a quiet outrage. Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    There’s too much story to cram into one film, with the result that the three surly teenagers themselves – who would have made far more compelling central characters – are pushed to the side. And with their own legal team surely keeping a close watch, Egoyan and his scriptwriters are unable to point fingers in any meaningful way. A missed opportunity.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Egoyan, who has never shied away from the lurid aspects of lost innocence, takes a measured approach that successfully avoids sensationalism. But the film's restraint verges on blankness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    This stilted crime drama from Atom Egoyan feels misguided from the start. He’s attempting to fictionalize a true story that has already been told better, several times over.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Devil’s Knot only occasionally feels weightier than a high-end Lifetime original or “Law & Order” episode.

    Variety Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    Colin Firth plays a real-life investigator whom the script renders as noble as Atticus Finch. Reese Witherspoon does haunting work as a victim’s mom. But the stately pace and the faultless art direction add to the impression that truth was not only stranger, but more dramatic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Atom Egoyan is a much better director when he drops the art-film fanciness and wrestles directly with his inner voyeuristic weirdo.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A wan gloss on a horrific nightmare.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Devil’s Knot is an inert exercise, visually and dramatically on par with "Drew Peterson: Untouchable."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Devil's Knot lacks potency or a compelling narrative reason why anyone remotely familiar with the case needs to be watching it.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    It reduces a complex and extraordinary case to soap. It makes you care less, for all its heavy-breathing and cheapo coaxing.

    The Guardian Full Review
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