Big Bad Wolves

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With just enough black humor to lighten the disturbing subject matter, Big Bad Wolves is as rewarding as it is challenging.



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In BIG BAD WOLVES a series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. (c) Magnet

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Critic Reviews for Big Bad Wolves

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (16)

  • A suspenseful, violent horror film that touches on the inner lives of sexual predators, the question of guilt and remorse in the human soul, and the practice of torture.

    Feb 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unpredictable, with a twisted surprise around each corner, Big Bad Wolves is a clever and arresting shocker.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • There's little to the movie other than shocks and gross-outs.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4
  • It is an intriguing film with much to admire, but it doesn't always earn its pitch-black attempts at humor.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Tarantino-aping hasn't died out entirely; it's just moved to Israel.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While Big Bad Wolves delivers the Hostel-like torture jolts with ruthless precision, the movie is also a rudely funny satire of a macho, paranoid culture where the protection of children is used to justify any conduct.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Bad Wolves

  • Nov 05, 2015
    How black can "black comedy" get before it's basically just a crime-thriller-come-torture-porn with a couple of giggles in it? Big Bad Wolves aims to find out.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2014
    The main characters in this manage to be extremely charming as they go to some dark twisty places. It's like Tarantino with a heart.
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2014
    Disappointingly average revenge thriller with added black comedy. I didn't once believe in any of the situations, the characters reactions, or the writing. Stylish directing aside, it was a bit dull in my opinion (though I seem to be in the minority).
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2014
    I have to give this film points for doing so much with very little. Perhaps that's the wrong description, I just find that the film has a confidence about it and a restraint that really makes it much better than most films of this ilk. There's no hurry to get to the torture and violence. Because of that, some may not enjoy the film as much as they should, that pacing can definitely test someone's patience. I think the film counterbalances this deliberate pacing with a pitch black sense of humor, which helps make what would've been a very dark and disturbing film easier to swallow. For example, seeing Gidin, the man who orchestrated the kidnapping and torture of his daughter's suspected murderer, arguing with his overprotective mother about her wanting to come take care of him because he is sick is very funny. Particularly considering how Gidin is portrayed as this cold, maniacal man. That definitely makes the film easier to watch. And that's not the only example of the film's comedic prowess, it's just one of the more memorable ones. The film is beautifully shot, this was a film clearly shot by people who know what they're doing and who have a sense of how to build tension and anticipation to the horrible events that are about to happen. Beautiful cinematography to boot. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are filmmakers to look out for in the future. It'll be interesting to see if they can transition from something to something more experimental, because there are art-house influences in the way the film is shot and how it is presented. The film score is also top-notch to boot. Now that I think about it, there's very little about the film that I didn't like, so I should upgrade the score from 3.5 to 4 stars. Does it really matter in the long run? I doubt it, but this film really was quite the top-notch thriller with an excellent sense of humor. It's certainly more of an acquired taste, particularly if you want a quicker pace, but this is certainly a very rewarding and intelligent thriller that entertains you, but also makes you think. Four stars it is.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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