Knives Out

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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.

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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
Rian Johnson
Screenwriter
Jonathan Golfman
Producer
Brye Adler
Producer
Tom Karnowski
Executive Producer
Nathan Johnson
Original Music
Steve Yedlin
Cinematographer
Bob Ducsay
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Critic Reviews for Knives Out

All Critics (456) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (442) | Rotten (14)

  • "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…
  • Knives Out deserves to be explored as a world of it own, as Johnson balances moral conscience and black humor expertly within the constraints of the murder-mystery genre.

    December 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism.

    November 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An entertainment that's as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for.

    November 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I suspect that Johnson, an adolescent genre enthusiast to his core, has waited since age 10 to make a movie like this. His enjoyment is contagious, even for those of us who don't think Knives Out quite hits its marks.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

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Audience Reviews for Knives Out

  • 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
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Absolutely Terrific Movie, this is something i can watch many many times
    John Super Reviewer

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