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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet's thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent's jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some cash. His brother, Hank (Hawke), isn't much better off, so when Andy hatches a plan to rob their parent's modest jewelry store, it seems like a foolproof way to make a quick buck. But Andy's trophy wife, Gina (Tomei), is secretly sleeping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's title comes from the Irish toast, 'May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you're dead.' Unfortunately, everyone in the film is running about 35 minutes late."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"You feel Before the Devil Knows You're Dead more than you watch it. And the feeling is far from warm and fuzzy."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"( ... ) so perversely fun that a few false notes-a pushy score and certain moments that veer toward a cheaper kind of melodrama-don't nag as much as they might have."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Suspense and action would be enough to seal this film, but the feeling of dread, that under different circumstances this could be us, makes this a heist picture for the ages."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
"Lumet is still one of the best directors in the business."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"At a time when family movies are usurped by fantasies of sentimental feelgood, Lumet's latest -- the mangled-heist melodrama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead -- delivers a swift kick straight to the jewels."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an immensely disturbing and tragic morality tale, which focuses on the consequences and repercussions of a sinister act driven by greed."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Lumet proves he's still a master storyteller, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Lumet's latest film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an unpleasant film with unpleasant characters. It would be easy to dismiss, if it weren't directed by maestro Sidney Lumet. But the movie is labored and repetitive."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"As the Shadow used to say, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit, and Lumet has made a delicious pie out of it."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The problem is not that the director is working but that his latest film is working too hard. Way too hard " this thing is melodrama running a marathon."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Ferociously pleasurable"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"No matter how irredeemable and pathetic the behavior of their characters might be, Hoffman and Hawke evoke a squirming recognition and empathy."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Sometimes it feels like too much, but then again, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an exercise in piling it on, with each plot twist all but guaranteeing the absolute damnation of its struggling characters,"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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