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Devil (2010)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 45

It's better than many of the other films M. Night Shyamalan has been associated with, but Devil never gets more than a few low-budget thrills out of its fiendishly promising premise.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 10

It's better than many of the other films M. Night Shyamalan has been associated with, but Devil never gets more than a few low-budget thrills out of its fiendishly promising premise.



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Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of "The Night Chronicles," a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a

Dec 21, 2010


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Circling wildly within the film's main set -- a stalled elevator car -- or hurtling up and down an empty shaft, Mr. Fujimoto's camera is as giddy as a tween at a Justin Bieber concert.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's an old belief in TV series production circles that if you're doing a stuck-in-an-elevator episode before Season 4, it's a telltale sign you've run fresh out of ideas.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comment (1)
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A Night Gallery reject worth experiencing only to gape at a "spirituality" that falls somewhere between Dostoyevsky and Jack Chick, and to laugh that such daring feats of narrative illogic were undertaken with a straight face.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This is the sort of cut-rate cinematic Cheez Whiz that gives religious horror movies a bad name. Still, at least it's not The Last Airbender.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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At best a cheesy, unsatisfying thriller and, at worst, a waste of time.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Devil features nothing new, exciting or suspenseful. Instead, it gives us shallowly developed characters and an ultimately forgettable story.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

M. Night Shyamalan at his most messianic -- he just takes too long to get to the frights.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

The characters are unlikable and annoying but the suspense built up is very real, making "Devil" a thriller worth checking out.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It always makes me apprehensive to see a movie that was not screened for critics in advance. "Devil" looked like it could have been an interesting film, but [it turns out] the lack of faith was justified.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

Although it doubtless will find more success in the DVD market, on the big screen Devil makes for bland viewing.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Nonsensical to the point that every element doesn't hold up to the least bit of scrutiny.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

This movie's job was to whip up a little fear and/or suspense, but it must have escaped through a crack in the elevator doors.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Un ejercicio de suspenso sobrenatural bastante efectivo, sobre todo en su primera parte, aunque lleno de lugares comunes más bien irritantes. Y, sobre todo, con la reiterada pretensión evangelizadora que inunda el cine de M. Night Shyamalan...

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

[M]ost of its promise is squandered through inept scripting and a failure to indulge a self-aware enthusiasm for its B-movie concept.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

An effective locked-in-the-box thriller.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

An excellent and often intense peak in to the battle of good and evil...

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For a small package, it conjures up some effective ideas and scares, as well as some terrific atmospheric moments.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A small scale but modestly effective broken elevator thriller that is more Agatha Christie than Alfred Hitchcock.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Devil is pretty obvious in its intentions, with not-so-subtle religious metaphors spread throughout, but the film delivers enough thrills and chills to keep audiences entertained.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Holy mother of god: behold the first M Night Shyamalan-associated film in the last 4 years that doesn't utterly blow.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

M. NIGHT Shyamalan has churned out a few stinkers of late, but his new thriller Devil could mark his return to form.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Devil is an engrossing mesh of Catholic philosophy and supernatural thrills.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Though the poster bravely boasts this movie as being ''from the mind of M Night Shyamalan'', Devil is actually not an over-long, near-unwatchable piece of badly directed high-concept dross, but a tight little killer thriller.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Entertaining, spirited mystery which mercifully avoids the grisly path, but loses its way in simplified sermons.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Audience Reviews for Devil

With such an intriguing premise, this Twilight Zone-esque horror film could have been scarier and much more claustrophobic, but it manages only to be a satisfying supernatural Agatha Christie-like story whose merits are due more to its solid direction than to its weak script.
June 11, 2014

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If you are going to set a film up with 5 people stuck in 1 lift you've got to come up with a good story. Unfortunately here the story isn't quite good enough to hold the attention or indeed entertain. It's still not really clear who, what or why any of it is really happening, it tries to explain and I get what they're saying but it still has all the logic of Final Destination and a really bad episode of Scooby-doo (not that there ever was a bad episode of Scooby-doo but you know what I mean)
December 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Ramirez: You must consider that one of these people might be the Devil.

"The Night Chronicles Begin."

When Devil was first released, I remember not wanting to see it just because of M. Night's presence. However, if this is the best thing he's had attached to his name since Unbreakable. It's really not a bad movie at all and I, to my surprise, really enjoyed it. I liked the idea and it was just a lot of fun. It's not a movie that you'd call great, but as a nice little horror/suspense thriller, it works very well.

Five people board an elevator, which gets stuck. A security guard believes, after some of the people in the elevator are attacked, that one of them is the devil. Soon a cop comes onto the scene and tries to figure out what is going on, but slowly the people on the elevator are killed one by one. Are these murders the work of someone with a motive, or is the devil really on board?

There's the normal stupidity that goes with a movie like this, but overall it's all presented in a reasonable and competent way. It's probably one of the better "devil" related movies in recent memory, although that's really not saying a whole lot. So in the end, this is a film that is worth checking out even if you hate the post Sixth Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable work of M. Night. It isn't as good as any of those, but it's pretty good.
October 23, 2013
Melvin White

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The premise is fun: five strangers stuck in an elevator, one of them must be the devil, as one after another gets mysteriously killed off. That works really well in some scenes and feels a tad silly and self-important in others. Overall entertaining and with a somewhat satisfying solution but had potential for much more.
September 20, 2013

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    1. Mechanic/Tony: Who are you?
    2. Old Woman: Today, I'm an old woman.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Old Woman: Damn, I really wanted you.
    – Submitted by Seven Seas W (23 months ago)
    1. Detective Bowden: So no, I don't believe in the Devil. You don't need him, people are bad enough by themselves.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
    1. Ramirez: You see it?
    2. Lustig: Yeah, look, that's just... That's just grain in the image. That's, you know, it's a mistake. It's like when people see Jesus in a pancake or something.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
    1. Salesman/Vince: Your building SUCKS!
    – Submitted by Jacob H (24 months ago)
    1. Guard/Ben: Hey lady you need to sign in.
    2. Young Woman/Sarah: Do I look like such a threat.
    3. Guard/Ben: Don't blame me, we got procedures.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
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