Knives Out

2019, Crime/Comedy, 2h 10m

465 Reviews 25,000+ Verified Ratings

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Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble. Read critic reviews

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The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure -- everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Craig
Benoit Blanc
Chris Evans
Ransom Drysdale
Jamie Lee Curtis
Linda Drysdale
Toni Collette
Joni Thrombey
Don Johnson
Richard Drysdale
Michael Shannon
Walt Thrombey
Jaeden Martell
Jacob Thrombey
Noah Segan
Trooper Wagner
Riki Lindhome
Donna Thrombey
Christopher Plummer
Harlan Thrombrey
Frank Oz
Alan Stevens
K Callan
"Great Nana" Wanetta
Rian Johnson
Screenwriter
Jonathan Golfman
Producer
Brye Adler
Producer
Tom Karnowski
Executive Producer
Nathan Johnson
Original Music
Steve Yedlin
Cinematographer
Bob Ducsay
Film Editor
David Crank
Production Design
Jeremy Woodward
Art Director
David Schlesinger
Set Decoration
Jenny Eagan
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Critic Reviews for Knives Out

All Critics (465) | Top Critics (82) | Fresh (450) | Rotten (15)

  • A terrific, authentic, modern-day Agatha Christie-style whodunnit...with an all-star cast.

    December 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Knives Outis never, ever dull and offers the kind of classy entertainment we could use more of on the big screen. And I have a feeling we'll see more of Daniel Craig's colorful character down the road.

    December 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At two hours and 10 minutes the film's on the long side, but it's an entertaining enough pastiche and we haven't had enough of these in the cinema lately. The production design of the cluttered house is fabulous.

    December 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As a smartly crafted and shaped piece of entertainment, Johnson's movie comes off especially good in a moment when such mid-budget, story-driven movies have all but disappeared; it's a throwback that's also an outlier.

    December 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film has a sense of glee that's infectious. It's pleasurable and occasionally silly but it's consistently fun.

    December 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A terrific, authentic, modern-day Agatha Christie-style whodunnit...with an all-star cast.

    December 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Knives Outis never, ever dull and offers the kind of classy entertainment we could use more of on the big screen. And I have a feeling we'll see more of Daniel Craig's colorful character down the road.

    December 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas.

    December 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At two hours and 10 minutes the film's on the long side, but it's an entertaining enough pastiche and we haven't had enough of these in the cinema lately. The production design of the cluttered house is fabulous.

    December 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bubbling merrily in its humanity, and impishly clear in exposing societal rot through the cleverest of cinema lenses - a whodunit.

    July 31, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Knives Out is a thoroughly satisfying murder mystery populated with well-drawn, idiosyncratic characters who collectively present a tapestry of modern America.

    June 25, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Knives Out

  • Feb 19, 2021
    Call me a sucker for a good murder mystery, but this one checked all of the boxes. It was funny, interesting, well-acted, and a fun story. The way this film mirrors a classic murder mystery but still feels fresh and unique is something to behold. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn't enjoy this movie on some level. Both casual moviegoers and obsessive film snobs can agree on this one.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2020
    This movie is amazing, it just grabs your attention, it simultaneously makes you laugh and lets you hold your breath throughout the course of events, making you want to know the truth! It works thanks to its great plot and fantastic performances... A murder-mystery at its best, I loved it!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2020
    A twisty Agatha Christie like mystery with a stellar ensemble cast.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2020
    From writer/director Rian Johnson comes the murder mystery Knives Out. When Harlan Thrombey is found dead of an apparent, but suspicious, suicide renowned detective Benoit Blanc is hired to uncover the truth. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, and Christopher Plummer, the performances are especially good. And Johnson does an impressive job at constructing the mystery, along with devising clues that lead Blanc to unravel it. Additionally, Nathan Johnson provides an exceptional score that compliments the tone and heights the tension and suspense. Entertaining and fun, Knives Out is a captivating whodunit.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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