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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Reviews

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Lawrence Levi
Stop Smiling
May 16, 2016
The problem is that we get no real sense of what these characters were like before everything went haywire, so little is believably at stake.
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 11, 2010
( ... ) so perversely fun that a few false notes-a pushy score and certain moments that veer toward a cheaper kind of melodrama-don't nag as much as they might have.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an immensely disturbing and tragic morality tale, which focuses on the consequences and repercussions of a sinister act driven by greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Ferociously pleasurable
August 14, 2009
Suspense and action would be enough to seal this film, but the feeling of dread, that under different circumstances this could be us, makes this a heist picture for the ages.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Mike Scott
August 14, 2009
Lumet proves he's still a master storyteller, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
No matter how irredeemable and pathetic the behavior of their characters might be, Hoffman and Hawke evoke a squirming recognition and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Lumet is still one of the best directors in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Lumet's latest film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an unpleasant film with unpleasant characters. It would be easy to dismiss, if it weren't directed by maestro Sidney Lumet. But the movie is labored and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
Sometimes it feels like too much, but then again, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an exercise in piling it on, with each plot twist all but guaranteeing the absolute damnation of its struggling characters,
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
My biggest problem with this movie is that underneath all the style and film tricks, I really didn't like or care what happened to any of these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
This is one of the most gut-wrenching thrillers in recent memory, and it features a real sucker-punch ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 12, 2008
Si William Shakespeare viviera y fuera guionista, el resultado podría ser algo bastante parecido a esto.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2008
The movie's title comes from the Irish toast, 'May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you're dead.' Unfortunately, everyone in the film is running about 35 minutes late.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 30, 2008
this somber reflection on crime is as much a breath of fresh air as any premier feature at a film festival.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 8, 2008
Traz o peso de tragédia grega que Woody Allen buscou com sucesso apenas moderado em O Sonho de Cassandra.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
May 3, 2008
Director Sidney Lumet digs deep into the tawdry souls, peeling back the layers of arrogance and anger and self-delusion until all that's left is fury and fear and hate.
May 1, 2008
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead won't do much for anyone's feelings about human nature, but it will definitely restore your faith in gritty crime movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 21, 2008
This would be a vigorous film for a man of any age, but it's a special treat from our favorite octogenarian.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
April 19, 2008
Marisa's bored and frustrated sexpot trophy wife is pretty much kept around in the movie just for occasional guy sexual satisfaction, in Sid Lumet's human cesspool of murky madness.
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