Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense and effective thriller, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead marks a triumphant return to form for director Sidney Lumet.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

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.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

You feel Before the Devil Knows You're Dead more than you watch it. And the feeling is far from warm and fuzzy.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

I enjoyed it all the way through the last second.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Lawrence Levi
Stop Smiling

The problem is that we get no real sense of what these characters were like before everything went haywire, so little is believably at stake.

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Jonathan F. Richards

As the Shadow used to say, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit, and Lumet has made a delicious pie out of it.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

( ... ) 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Sidney Lumet's final film is purely an actor's movie. Every performance is first rate and while the drama at times becomes overly melodramatic, Before… More
Mark Walker
Sidney Lumet is a director that's no stranger to crafting intense pieces of work. In fact, he's a master at it. Just look at a few from his highly… More
xGary Xx
Domineering Philip Seymour Hoffman talks his weak willed younger brother into helping him rob their parents' jewelry store to solve both their financial… More
Nicki Marie
Had this DVD lying around for a long time, finally got around to seeing it. As is often the case, wondered why it took me so long! Really good thriller about… More
Jens S.
Very dark, realistic and with outstanding acting this dramatic thriller tells the story of a jewelry robbery gone wrong and the catastrophic consequences it has… More
Alex roy
Sidney Lumet's last picture is a stunning crime drama about two brothers who plot to rob their parent's jewelry story. When the robbery doesn't… More