Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
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.
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.
January 11, 2008
Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense.
November 28, 2007
As the Shadow used to say, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit, and Lumet has made a delicious pie out of it.
November 16, 2007
You feel Before the Devil Knows You're Dead more than you watch it. And the feeling is far from warm and fuzzy.
November 16, 2007
At a time when family movies are usurped by fantasies of sentimental feelgood, Lumet's latest -- the mangled-heist melodrama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead -- delivers a swift kick straight to the jewels.
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
[Lumet's] best film since 1982's The Verdict.
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