Knives Out

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas.
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    John WenzelDenver Post
    Knives Out deserves to be explored as a world of it own, as Johnson balances moral conscience and black humor expertly within the constraints of the murder-mystery genre.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    An entertainment that's as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    I suspect that Johnson, an adolescent genre enthusiast to his core, has waited since age 10 to make a movie like this. His enjoyment is contagious, even for those of us who don't think Knives Out quite hits its marks.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    This whodunit is light entertainment at its finest, a surprising movie with an enjoyable sense of complication and a dream cast.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Rian Johnson proves himself to be one of contemporary cinema's most creative, inspired, disciplined, and downright entertaining filmmakers working today.
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    Manuel BetancourtElectric Literature
    This modern twist on an old classic understands that the genre's formulas are fertile ground on which to hang strident critiques of privilege and class.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Rian Johnson ("Looper") delivers a star-studded romp that rises above the standard "Clue" whodunnit by revealing the culprit early on, then watching the aftermath.
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