Devil
Devil (2010)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 2010
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43%



Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's better than many of the other films M. Night Shyamalan has been associated with, but Devil never gets more than a few low-budget thrills out of its fiendishly promising premise.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Drew Toal
Time Out New York

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.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

A taut, expert and engrossing thriller with sense of visual restraint that is refreshing in this age of abhorrent overexposure.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Devil features nothing new, exciting or suspenseful. Instead, it gives us shallowly developed characters and an ultimately forgettable story.

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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

At best a cheesy, unsatisfying thriller and, at worst, a waste of time.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

M. Night Shyamalan at his most messianic -- he just takes too long to get to the frights.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With such an intriguing premise, this Twilight Zone-esque horror film could have been scarier and much more claustrophobic, but it manages only to be a… More
xGary Xx
Five strangers are trapped in a lift and when one of the occupants is attacked it becomes increasingly obvious that there is a killer in their midst. Based on… More
Melvin White
Ramirez: You must consider that one of these people might be the Devil. "The Night Chronicles Begin." When Devil was first released, I remember not… More
Alex roy
Devil is a surprisingly eerie horror film with a very interesting idea. Five people are trapped in an elevator and one of them is the Devil himself. That is… More
Jens S.
The premise is fun: five strangers stuck in an elevator, one of them must be the devil, as one after another gets mysteriously killed off. That works really… More
Stuart Brooks
It's ok, nothing really great or special, got the feeling it might have worked better as a play. The claustrophobic feeling of being locked in a lift… More

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