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Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of "The Night Chronicles," a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a sudden detour into terror when the elevator becomes stuck between floors, and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Circling wildly within the film's main set -- a stalled elevator car -- or hurtling up and down an empty shaft, Mr. Fujimoto's camera is as giddy as a tween at a Justin Bieber concert."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"This is the sort of cut-rate cinematic Cheez Whiz that gives religious horror movies a bad name. Still, at least it's not The Last Airbender."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"Devil features nothing new, exciting or suspenseful. Instead, it gives us shallowly developed characters and an ultimately forgettable story."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"It always makes me apprehensive to see a movie that was not screened for critics in advance. "Devil" looked like it could have been an interesting film, but [it turns out] the lack of faith was justified."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"This movie's job was to whip up a little fear and/or suspense, but it must have escaped through a crack in the elevator doors."
‑ Dave White,
"There's an old belief in TV series production circles that if you're doing a stuck-in-an-elevator episode before Season 4, it's a telltale sign you've run fresh out of ideas."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"M. Night Shyamalan at his most messianic -- he just takes too long to get to the frights."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Although it doubtless will find more success in the DVD market, on the big screen Devil makes for bland viewing."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"Un ejercicio de suspenso sobrenatural bastante efectivo, sobre todo en su primera parte, aunque lleno de lugares comunes más bien irritantes. Y, sobre todo, con la reiterada pretensión evangelizadora que inunda el cine de M. Night Shyamalan..."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A Night Gallery reject worth experiencing only to gape at a "spirituality" that falls somewhere between Dostoyevsky and Jack Chick, and to laugh that such daring feats of narrative illogic were undertaken with a straight face."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly
"At best a cheesy, unsatisfying thriller and, at worst, a waste of time."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The characters are unlikable and annoying but the suspense built up is very real, making "Devil" a thriller worth checking out."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Nonsensical to the point that every element doesn't hold up to the least bit of scrutiny."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"[M]ost of its promise is squandered through inept scripting and a failure to indulge a self-aware enthusiasm for its B-movie concept."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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