Critic Reviews

84

Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A superb crime melodrama.
100
Mesmerizing.
100
Its virtues are velocity, energy, innovative storytelling - and something that seems even more the province of young directors: a certain heartlessness and ironic distance in the tone.
100
A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an unfaithful wife; a history of deceit. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds.
100
This flick is fast and ferocious, his (Sidney Lumet) sharpest and best since "Prince of the City" (1980) - and surely one of the year's finest.
100
Compact, nasty, and altogether wonderful, a tale of brotherly greed and New York comeuppance that shows an old dog dusting off old tricks using new technology.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
88
A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
88
One bad idea can unravel and ruin lives in unimaginably horrific ways.That's the concept underlying the riveting Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, a sharply acted and highly entertaining morality play.
88
Arguably Lumet's best film in 20 years.
80
This is not a drama of shadings, but of ever-increasing intensity.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board