Devil's Knot
Devil's Knot (2014)

Atom Egoyan's haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Devil's Knot covers fact-based ground that's already been well-traveled with multiple (and far more compelling) documentaries.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Takes a long time to tell us nothing we didn't know ... A missed opportunity.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

There are too many major characters and too many points of emphasis. As elegantly directed as it sometimes is, it feels disjointed, scattered.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

"Devil's Knot" is a misguided attempt to tell the story of the West Memphis Three, something that was told infinitely better in the brilliant documentary "West of Memphis" by Amy Berg.

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Richard Roeper

Comes across as a cinematic, slightly dramatized Cliffs Notes edition a story that's been told often.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A rather dull docudrama that doesn't have a strong reason to exist, outside of perhaps a financial one.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Devil's Knot is a fine film, but those searching for Egoyan's signature touches (which would seem apparent) will be left wanting more.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's not a bad film, exactly, but it's a jumbled, uncertain one, and it never quite makes a compelling case for itself.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

An exhaustively researched - and, quite frankly, very exhausting - adaptation of journalist Mara Leveritt's book.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

Sound and look are key to atmosphere of ominous inevitability of conviction. . .Admirable for using only local points-of-view. ..Worth seeking out for thoughtful perspective.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
No more insight than what's generally known of this high profile case. The execution fails in creating the thrilling atmosphere. Not a great piece for… More
Alex roy
The case of the West Memphis Three has stirred up so many emotions and debate on the ordeal. Four documentaries have been produced on the subject, and the three… More
Nate Zoebl
In 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas, three eight-year-old boys went out late one night to ride their bikes. They were never seen alive again. The ensuing media… More
Dann Michalski
Based on true events, Devil's Knot is a disturbing look at the American justice system. Responding to the public outcry over the murder of three young… More
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Shawn Montague
Honestly I didn't see a point in them making this a film, when the documentaries are clearly enough, I give them credit for spot on casting, still good… More