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Metascore

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100
Village Voice
The movie grabs hold and runs you through the wringer.
100
Mesmerizing.
100
One of the great American films of the past decade, and the crowning masterpiece of Lumet's long career.
90
His (Sidney Lumet) touch in Before the Devil is so sure, so perfectly weighted, that it’s hard to imagine him capable of making a bad movie. The thing is just enthralling.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
90
Variety
The wrenching tale has something for anyone who likes their melodrama spiked with palpable tension and genuine suspense.
88
Rolling Stone
A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
80
Furious and entertaining little morality play.
75
Philip Seymour Hoffman is in fine form as a man teetering on the edge.
50
Salon.com
The evident strengths and laudable intentions of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (and even the appeal of Marisa Tomei in her undies) are overwhelmed by an implausible plot verging on unintentional comedy and a panoply of Noo Yawk dirt-bag supporting characters who might've seemed awkward on a 1993 episode of "NYPD Blue."

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