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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Reviews

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 21, 2008
The film's director, Sidney Lumet, is 83 but he hasn't lost his feel for bleak New York stories programmed to end in tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
Conceptually bold and unnervingly suspenseful, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is one of the best films Lumet has directed in a very long and at times uneven career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
It's pretty good, isn't it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Adams
Empire Magazine Australasia
March 19, 2008
Hoffman's brilliant in this nailbiting thriller and character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 16, 2008
A marvellous film, filled with tension, drama and emotional angst
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is a sleeker, slimmer film than Lumet's done in some time, but it is quite possibly his strongest work in decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 16, 2008
Even though the story plays out nonlinearly, the intensity surges up a straight slope. This would seem impossible if not for the masterful screenplay by first-timer Kelly Masterson and deft direction by Sidney Lumet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Karina Longworth
February 4, 2008
Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Albert Finney are doing some really fascinating, nuanced work, and it's all just slightly diluted by Sidney Lumet's formal agitations.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2008
Marked by hammy performances and outlandish revelations, Sidney Lumet's film can barely hold a candle to his greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
January 11, 2008
In its relentless and uncompromising nastiness, cold-sweat tension and fear, its serious engagement with the idea of evil and sin and finally in the way it evolves, persuasively, into a kind of contemporary family tragedy, this is in a different league.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Sun Online
January 11, 2008
If you want a quality crime caper, then this is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 11, 2008
Hoffman's reliably superb while Albert Finney, as the lads' father, is as good as he's ever been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2008
A crime melodrama that takes risks with characterisation and narrative structure, but ends up as awkward, indulgent and hard to like as its main protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ceri Thomas
Total Film
January 11, 2008
Lumet doesn't damn himself, but it's hardly cinema heaven. Hoffman, Hawke and Finney claw strong moments out of an underwhelming script, but for some the only thing that'll stick is Marisa Tomei with her kit off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 11, 2008
Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 11, 2008
Veteran director Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) shows he's no slouch at 83 when it comes to crafting first-class thrillers with a pitch black core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
January 11, 2008
Bleak, brutal and quite possibly brilliant, this is a triumphant return to form for Lumet and further proof that Hoffman is on an incredible winning streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 10, 2008
Cleverly written, brilliantly acted and put together like a fine watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matthew Turner
January 10, 2008
Impressively directed by Sidney Lumet (he's 83, you know), this is a thoroughly gripping thriller with a strong script and terrific performances from its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
January 1, 2008
There may be very little that is nice about the people in this ferocious family film from Lumet but it's awfully nice to see him pull it off this late in the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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