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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful:

Dumbest movie ever

Author: chldofthe80s from Mid- West
30 November 2013

My friends and I chose this randomly from a list on pay per view. Mostly because Jennifer. Lawrence was listed in the credits. And that was Mis-leading - she was only in one flashback scene And did not have any lines. I wish that I get could my time back that I wasted watching this - and the $4.99 rental fee. Bad acting , bad editing,confusing storyline. The only good part in the entire movie is when it finally ended !

Why would Jennifer Lawrence even have ave her name attached to this is beyond me. Don't bother renting it - I would have rated it ZERO but 1 was the lowest score.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Where Was Jennifer Lawrence Did I Miss Something

Author: M MALIK from Pakistan
8 June 2015

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you know what guys this film is a complete solid fraud its has no proper script & no story the characters are boring the only bonus point is the cinematography.

the story of the devil you know revolves around 2 movie stars then rest of the movie is usual we have all seen before you know the jealousy,family secrets & relationship crap then comes a hilarious climax with both women pointing guns on each other but surprisingly no one gets shot.

is this supposed to be a joke or something i sat through this lame boring film expecting some good acting from both Rosamund Pike & Lena Olin but these 2 talented actresses got wasted what a shame & how dare these people put name of Jennifer Lawrence in the cast i saw this movie twice hoping i would spot her in some scenes but where the hell was she anyway guys did i miss something this is bad marketing & quite a crime i am not a fan of Jennifer Lawrence but if she is reading this she should sue these people for using her name so people will buy this crappy film.

hey i forgive Rosamund Pike for signing this script but why Lena Olin did this despite the terrible role she was given she gave her best & i loved the silver dress Lena Olin was wearing.

for those people out there expecting some action,horror,suspense & some hot kinky sex they better get ready for a disappointment as this film has no such thing like that to watch except never ending conversations between characters or weird flashbacks it felt like i was watching a completely different film from late 80's & what was the genre anyway.

the entire film is misleading i mean you wish it was some ghost story but hell no this is a insult & blasphemy against the art of film-making.

Overall The Devil You Know 2013 is a waste of time & money my rating is 2/10.Skipp It

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Dreadfuly abysmal

Author: weejockxxx from United Kingdom
3 March 2015

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I was warned not to watch this film by several sources but, as it is the first movie with a credited appearance by Jennifer Lawrence, I ignored them and gave it a go. To be fair, in the hands of another director, this might not have been too bad. Filmed around 2005 but not released till 2013 (which should tell you a lot) the story involves a fading actress, Kathryn Vale, played by Lena Olin, who has decided to try for a comeback. Living in her shadow is her daughter, Zoe Hughes (Rosamund Pike) who is trying to get her first big break but at the same time is living in her mother's shadow. Casting a dark light over all the proceedings is the fact that Kathryn is still suspected of murdering her husband, Zoe's step-father, many years ago. A fact that her current partner Dean Winters (Jake Kelly) and her P/A Molly Price (Edie Fontaine) keep bringing to her attention due to a series of accusing cards that arrive in the mail or on her pillow. Cue a lot of jealous recriminations between mother and daughter as they try to upstage each other and you have the basis for a solid if not very imaginative plot. Unfortunately this is where the movie goes belly up in a big way. We eventually find out that Kathryn DID murder her husband during a flashback where you see him making moves on the teenage Zoe (Played by Jennifer Lawrence) and that she and Dean were responsible for the notes. The Direction is horrible, the script laughable and the dialogue very bland. The chemistry between all the leads is practically non-existent and somewhere along the line Pike and Olin forgot how to act. To cap it all, some very drastic cutting left the running time at a little over 68 minutes. The result is an in-cohesive mess, very tediously plotted with little or no charm. Even the soundtrack is boring. I can't recommend this to anyone, not even die hard Jennifer Lawrence fans as her appearance is limited to a very brief appearance of her, admittedly looking stunning in a pair of shorts and tights,pouting seductively at her step-father. It really isn't worth the bother.

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Is this the best they could come up with?

Author: mauriceh01 from United States
27 June 2016

I just watched Rosamund Pikes' Return to Sender and was hoping this movie would be better. In fact, it was a lot worse! Many of the scenes had no point, most of the actors were way to serious and uncomfortable looking. The directing was awful and this film was a complete waste of time. There was no tension that a thriller usually has. It was too tedious and seemed like nobody even wanted to make this movie. I don't get it because Lena and Pikes are pros, especially Lena Olin, who's been doing movies forever! It doesn't make sense that they would put out such a poorly made movie like this. The ending was beyond stupid. The movie scores/music was the best part - actually the only good part, except for the constant filming of the girls' legs in the movie.

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Very easy to see why this film took so long to be released

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
4 April 2016

The initial premise was cool and interesting, and if executed right it had the potential to be a solid film.

And this viewer also really likes Rosamund Pike (like in 'An Education', 'Barney's Version', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Made in Dagenham' and in particular 'Gone Girl', and while 'Die Another Day' has a lot of problems she is one of the best things about it), who has generally really grown as an actress. In fact there is some good talent here.

Sadly, 'The Devil You Know' does very little with it. It took a long time to be released, and it is very easy to see why. There are two redeeming qualities. One is some nice shots at the start (like the opening with Zoe and the water fountain), which were quite moody and stylish. The other is the performance of Pike who like in the recent 'Return to Sender' does a very admirable job with material that is quite frankly beneath her. She is also the only one who looks involved and seems natural. As much as this is going to sound like hero worship, when it actually isn't as there is the acknowledgement that along with some great work she has had misfires, she is not to be judged, like she has been (based on a thread on her message board regarding her facial expressions, which resorted to hyperbole and insults), solely on performances in 'Jack Reacher', 'Wrath of the Titans' and 'Doom'. Those films did nothing for her talents and gave her virtually nothing to do, even the best of actors would struggle to bring believability to the material she was given in them, something that all her detractors on that thread ignored.

Unfortunately the rest of the cast struggle. Lena Olin has the film's most nonsensical character, and practically sleepwalks through it, any acting talent is clearly forgotten here. Dean Winters, who has shown skill in comedic roles and playing it straight, looks very uncomfortable, never have seen him so out of his depth actually. As for Jennifer Lawrence, her appearance is so brief it can be forgiven if one questions whether she was in this at all (a complete waste and waste of talent is one of the worst things a film can commit in my view). There is no natural chemistry, while stilted dialogue, lazy direction (stylistically and dramatically) and nonsensically written characters (that, apart from Zoe, were impossible to relate to) do nothing in their favour, instead working against them.

'The Devil You Know' is very lazily directed, with shots that border on self-indulgent (like a mix of a glorified fashion show and pornographic-like shots of legs), complete lack of engagement with the story and literally non-existent direction of the actors. The editing is so dizzying and slip-shod it is sometimes hard to make out what's going on. The look of the film is drab and poorly lit, even for a mystery-thriller. The script throughout is laughable and the embarrassment on people's faces could be seen very clearly. The story is a complete failure, and for me the worst component of the entire film. Which is saying a lot for a film that has so little to recommend it. There is absolutely no suspense or tension, it takes far too long to get going and remains tedious throughout, it is far too thin to sustain the running time and the red herrings were either underdeveloped or incredibly confusing, which gave 'The Devil You Know' such a confused feel that the worst parts bordered on the incoherent.

Overall, aside from some nice shots at the start and Pike 'The Devil You Know' is a mess. 2/10 Bethany Cox

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A missed opportunity

Author: johnklem from Los Angeles, United States
6 January 2015

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Loosely based on, or at least inspired by the Lana Turner, Cheryl Crane, Johnny Stompanato murder, The Devil You Know shows all the signs of having run out of money during principal photography. Valiant attempts to stretch what footage there was into a feature film and give it a stilted, 90s European art-house feel resulted in a 72 minute, stylish mess. That said, the film has its strengths, not least the principal performances. IMDb's Trivia section shows Lesley Ann Warren as having been replaced by Lena Olin. If true, the filmmakers fell on their collective feet. Olin's perfectly cast as the fading star, as is Molly Price as her PA. The real star performance, though, belongs to Rosamund Pike as the daughter in constant fear of being eclipsed. Pike's a great actress in search of the perfect role. She was extremely good as a Bond girl, albeit too subtle for the core audience and she was wonderful in Gone Girl but this is her best performance to date. A perfect portrayal of a daughter locked into a battle with the mother from hell and with plenty of her own demons. And therein lies the attraction of The Devil You Know. At its core, it's a great depiction of a deeply flawed mother daughter relationship. Pointless to speculate on what might have been with solid financing and a firmer hand at the helm. Instead, enjoy for what it is. Warts and all.

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3 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

a good art film, but don't expect a fast movie film

Author: nik kostas from Greece
18 July 2013

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the movie starts with piano and this is just the beginning of an excellent soundtrack. also in the first five minutes you can hear the birds singing and the sound of the water in a fountain.

it is difficult not to get a little bored but so seem to be the characters sometimes

beautiful rosamund pike plays Zoe hughes a not very capable actor in the shadow of her (international famous movie star until before 10 years when she stopped ) mother kathryn vale especially now that her mother is thinking to return with a new role just after publishing her book and 3 months after her new marriage with script writer jake.

the question from the start of the movie is if kathryn vale has been involved with the killing of her rich ex husband. the message you get when you see her new life with her younger husband is that she looks suspect but there are also other suspects around.

it's a movie for those that stare at the details of a dress ,at the tone of a voice...for those who prefer to see what the actor feels and not says

another interesting character is mother's assistant who helps her to schedule the needed appointments for interviews and much more. she looks like a bad person but first of all she only cares about the mother. she doesn't have to say hello or goodbye even to daughter.

close the lights in your room take a drink relax and watch this nice movie with lots of fashion costumes, that feels like a style fest with beautiful atmosphere ,sound and acting

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