A nimble filmmaker, Egoyan wisely underplays the exploitative aspects of the story and never loses sight of the tragic deaths.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2014-05-08
The movie doesn't grab you emotionally, but director Atom Egoyan (Exotica) teases apart the case's details with grim fascination.
Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-05-08
Mr. Egoyan's fascination and research don't really shed any new light on the case. Don't let that deter you.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2014-05-07
Other than [an] act of honest argumentation, Egoyan's Devil's Knot offers little for anyone who has followed the case or seen any of the other docs.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-05-06
The movie sucks the audience into the power of the confessions, then shows us what really happened.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2013-09-18
Compelling feature treatment of the much-documented scandal.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-09-18
Takes a long time to tell us nothing we didn't know ... A missed opportunity.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2014-06-10
Comes across as a cinematic, slightly dramatized Cliffs Notes edition a story that's been told often.
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2014-05-13
It's not a bad film, exactly, but it's a jumbled, uncertain one, and it never quite makes a compelling case for itself.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-05-09
A rather dull docudrama that doesn't have a strong reason to exist, outside of perhaps a financial one.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2014-05-09
An exhaustively researched - and, quite frankly, very exhausting - adaptation of journalist Mara Leveritt's book.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-05-09
The grief, the madness of the community, the plain stupidity of the cops, the mass protests that followed the convictions, the horrible power of it all - none of it comes across in this drab film.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-05-09
The real-life characters, as shown in the documentaries, are far more colorful and quirky than they appear in these well-acted but comparatively safe performances.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2014-05-08
It's as preachy as "The Crucible," with the score permanently set on "mournful."
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 2014-05-08
A wan gloss on a horrific nightmare.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2014-05-08
The film's restraint verges on blankness; a mood of desolation builds in this story of the West Memphis Three, but not an involving drama.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2014-05-08
It's easy to understand the impulse to avoid melodrama. But Devil's Knot is an inert exercise, visually and dramatically on par with Drew Peterson: Untouchable.
Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club, 2014-05-08
This stilted crime drama from Atom Egoyan feels misguided from the start. He's attempting to fictionalize a true story that has already been told better, several times over.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2014-05-08
While Devil's Knot is restrained and respectful, it also feels earnest and cautious, and too much like a movie of the week to capture the sprawling complexity of the real events.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2014-01-24
Atom Egoyan's cool gaze fails to fully serve the boiling narrative of Devil's Knot, a story that seems destined to forever elude a satisfactory resolution.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2014-01-23