Devil's Knot
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Takes a long time to tell us nothing we didn't know ... A missed opportunity."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A rather dull docudrama that doesn't have a strong reason to exist, outside of perhaps a financial one."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It doesn't quite gel as either a proper whodunnit, an insight into a killer's mind, a debate about lyrics in heavy metal music or a gripping legal case."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"It compares most unfavourably with the recent Prisoners, which told an entirely fictional story about missing children with far more intrigue, suspense and cinematic skill than Egoyan's muted effort."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"I actually did think there were some powerful scenes early on in the film and I do think Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth are really fine in it."
‑ Judith Lucy, At the Movies (Australia)
"Comes across as a cinematic, slightly dramatized Cliffs Notes edition a story that's been told often."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"An exhaustively researched - and, quite frankly, very exhausting - adaptation of journalist Mara Leveritt's book."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"In its way, this is the most terrifying horror movie I've seen in a long time; the woods where the kids die are like something out of Evil Dead. I was left angry and wrung out."
‑ Peter Galvin, sbs.com.au
"It is really down to Egoyan's cast to find a way to connect with the viewer on a personal level. Thankfully, one and all are more than up to the task."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"With a rather stilted and unfocused aesthetic, this tale of bias and bungling covers the same sad ground that documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS did so very well. Reese Witherspoon works hard but she and Colin Firth are wasted."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"It's not a bad film, exactly, but it's a jumbled, uncertain one, and it never quite makes a compelling case for itself."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The grief, the madness of the community, the plain stupidity of the cops, the mass protests that followed the convictions, the horrible power of it all - none of it comes across in this drab film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This blandly made dramastisation by Atom Egoyan is an extremely average courtroom piece that, despite strong work by Reece Witherspoon and Colin Firth, feels like a 1970s telemovie."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"It's a pity to see [director Atom] Egoyan fumbling around here, unable to create anything great with the material - be it mood, drama or social critique. It's far from his best work."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, At the Movies (Australia)
"In literary adaptations such as Felicia's Journey and The Sweet Hereafter, Egoyan has shown that he can depict darkness and explore loss. But here, he feels mired in stereotypes, or dependent on images that documentaries have already created."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
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