Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Synopsis
A man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ropes his brother into a scheme to rob their parents' jewelry store.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Its virtues are velocity, energy, innovative storytelling - and something that seems even more the province of young directors: a certain...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Compact, nasty, and altogether wonderful, a tale of brotherly greed and New York comeuppance that shows an old dog dusting off old tricks...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A wicked deconstruction of a dysfunctional clan: brothers at each other's throats; a father whose legacy is anger and betrayal; an...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A superb crime melodrama.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Arguably Lumet's best film in 20 years.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
One bad idea can unravel and ruin lives in unimaginably horrific ways.That's the concept underlying the riveting Before the Devil Knows...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is not a drama of shadings, but of ever-increasing intensity.
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By kmacko
What a delicious movie! A must see for all fans of Sidney Lumet. Ethan Hawke is mesmerizing. Philip is a bit too intense for my tastes. For me, the highlight is the screen play. A masterpiece...

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

By rashur305
I enjoyed this movie. Packed with a great cast, it keeps you entertained throughout. The plot lines up to be something that you think you can predict but about half way through this movie you...

Stay away

By Jimm528
It takes only a few minutes for this movie to devolve into an absurd and alienating little moral play. Does it still count as a tragedy when you have no sympathy for anyone on screen? Did we really...

bleak movie

By normheath
This movie isn't for the faint-of-heart. One of us hated it. There was no-one to identify with - all the characters were basically nasty and unpleasant. The film wasn't entertainment, just...

One of the worst of the year

By cjtolmie
This movie was awful. I was shocked at how much I didn’t like it. Good actors with an awful script. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, was so thoroughly unlikable it was hard to care what happened to him,...

not worth seeing

Shocking one's sensibilities with trash behavior and gutter morality does not make GOOD entertainment. BAD SCRIPT...overdone acting . I literally said out loud this ever going to end? The ...

Riveting,spellbinding,a tour de force

By butteredkorn
The perfomances were outstanding.The movie is edited like a Novel,where each day of a different character in the movie is recapped with the focus point being on a fewdays before or a few days after...

Definitely a Different Type of Movie Going Exprience.......

By Legio XIII Germina
This movie was extremely well directed, and the acting in this movie was also very well done too. This is a extremely interesting DRAMA/SUSPENSE type of movie, there is a lot of curves and "what the...

If you've ever done anything stupid

By joy754
You won't feel so bad after seeing this movie, if you think you've done something stupid. It is a good movie though. Unexpected things happening all over the place....

I'm finding that any movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman is worth seeing.

By renee508
This is a very well written, directed, and casted movie. I mean, come one! PHilip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney. Don't want to say much about it because it's best to...

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Rated R | For a scene of strong graphics sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Mature heist film full of violence, explicit sex.
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