Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) Reviews

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April 3, 2019
...yet another misfire from a curiously well-regarded director.
March 21, 2019
The distractingly oft-repeated title seems to herald an unfortunate new approach to imparting information for Farhadi: everybody will know everything, even if it means clumsy exposition, heavy-handed foreshadowing, and redundancy.
March 7, 2019
Writer/directer Asghar Farhadi's first feature outside of his native Iran falls short of his previous two Oscar winners, as most films likely would. In brief, this convoluted family melodrama simply drifts more than it delivers.
March 6, 2019
Here we are lost in a deracinated landscape somewhere between Agatha Christie and Aeschylus. The whodunnit tensions are too often vitiated by "who cares?"
March 4, 2019
Asghar Farhadi attempts to meld melodramatic mystery with his usual humanistic drama, but leaves little space for either impulse to be satisfied. Disappointing and strangely anticlimactic.
March 4, 2019
Farhadi is an excellent screenwriter and an impressive handler of actors, but the film nonetheless adds up to less than the sum of its parts.
March 1, 2019
A great finish can save an otherwise ho-hum movie, just as a flat ending can undo an otherwise strong one. "Everybody Knows" is an example of the latter. It's disappointing for everybody involved.
February 26, 2019
A surprising misfire by Asghar Farhadi.
February 9, 2019
This might have been a pretty good kidnapping story, but writer/director Asghar Farhadi goes soft; he slows it down to the point of almost stopping it and emphasizes goopy, over-the-top soap opera.
February 8, 2019
Farhadi has never been a filmmaker interested in giving his audience easy answers. I admire that. Still, he makes missteps.
February 8, 2019
It could've been made by a talented but uninspired director influenced by Farhadi.
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
The emotions in Everybody Knows are palpable, but the storytelling stumbles.
February 7, 2019
To tell the truth, this was more of a pale experience that puts Farhadi under pressure for his next move.
February 5, 2019
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem's solid performance barely compensate for a lackluster, underwhelming screenplay. It's not nearly as intelligent, taut and poignant as The Secret in Their Eyes, Tell No One or About Elly.
October 31, 2018
Farhardi seems incapable of making something unworthy of attention or interest, yet the consistency seems left behind. This time, the story doesn't always ring with domestic truths despite reliably great performances.
September 11, 2018
The reality of human life is partial, inaccessible, and mysterious, but in Farhadi's so-called "realist films" every action is also fastidiously planned.
August 27, 2018
This, throughout, never feels like true Farhadi.
August 27, 2018
Morphs into a silly, star-studded prestige picture which sags beneath a scenario which becomes incredibly unconvincing as it moves through the motions.
May 24, 2018
By the halfway mark, it's evident that Everybody Knows possesses neither the fulsome pleasures nor burnished insight of its melodramatic contours
May 11, 2018
[Everybody Knows] is global enough to open a festival, but its mild manner condemns it to the forgotten and that's something... everybody knows. [Full Review in Spanish]
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