Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
January 29, 2008
Marked by hammy performances and outlandish revelations, Sidney Lumet's film can barely hold a candle to his greatest work.
December 25, 2007
Unfortunately, like Andy's character, the parts don't add up.
December 12, 2007
A miserable, dejected little flick.
November 17, 2007
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead brims with possibility, but very little of it actually works.
November 17, 2007
I didn't get it.
November 16, 2007
This machine repeatedly threatens to rev up, but mostly just keeps slipping out of gear.
November 16, 2007
The problem is not that the director is working but that his latest film is working too hard. Way too hard â" this thing is melodrama running a marathon.
November 15, 2007
Just when Lumet starts to build some decent tension, he cuts back, losing the suspense and replacing it with a rehash of what we've already seen.
November 14, 2007
As reckless and forlorn as the brothers and their father may be, it's plainly worse for the women who come anywhere near them.
November 13, 2007
There's a sense of the filmmaker himself trying to decide just what to make of this spectacle he's staged, what stance to take.
November 4, 2007
...(a) dark, dour, depressing dirge.
October 26, 2007
As deliberately provocative and in-your-face ugly as this film is, it still plays as second-rate Tarantino instead of first-rate Lumet.
October 25, 2007
What you see in it says more about you than it says about Lumet and his straightforward, throwback-style entertainment, which is richly played and dazzlingly blinged up with sex and drugs, but virtually devoid of human insight or narrative ambition.
October 25, 2007
It's tough for a movie that starts out with a doggy-style sex scene in Rio to maintain momentum, and Before the Devil isn't nearly as carefully sculpted as Tomei.
October 24, 2007
Lumet tries getting back to the outrageous satirical mode of Network and Just Tell Me What You Want, but this family dysfunction story fails the classic requirements of social critique.
October 15, 2007
Devil possesses a dramatic power akin to watching a big train wreck, but it's an elaborate Rube Goldberg device with no real heart at its center.
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