Devil's Knot Synopsis
Three teenagers are accused of murdering three young children as part of a satanic ritual.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The case is revisited with painstaking detail, and a riveting picture emerges once again about misunderstood outsiders.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
The movie doesn’t grab you emotionally, but director Atom Egoyan (Exotica) teases apart the case’s details with grim fascination.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Far from being overkill, the well-conceived drama featuring A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in key roles, will bring this...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Well-intentioned but emotionally straitjacketed.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the film is not nearly as evocative as Egoyan's 1997 masterpiece "The Sweet Hereafter" (also about children who died tragically), it...
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Matt Zoller Seitz
There are too many major characters and too many points of emphasis. As elegantly directed as it sometimes is, it feels disjointed,...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Despite the fine performance by Witherspoon and a number of the supporting players, Devil’s Knot comes across as a cinematic, slightly...
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50

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Egoyan musters some of the power he brought to The Sweet Hereafter, another lost-children tale, but little of the lyric beauty or sense of...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
The writer-director has the talent to dig deep and lay bare the assumptions behind our idea of justice and our notions of right and wrong....
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40

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Devil’s Knot only occasionally feels weightier than a high-end Lifetime original or “Law & Order” episode.
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Uneven but rewarding

By Catch The Phoenix
First things first, the film is uneven and has a shoddy screenplay. That being written, it's still a rewarding film. While plenty of documentaries have been made about the West Memphis Three, there...

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Bleak, disappointing retelling of powerful true story.
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