Pick a random title Devil's Knot

2013 2.4/5 IMDb 6.1/10 (14k) TV-MA SuperHD 114 minutes

Frothing for vengeance after three 8-year-olds are slain, the community of West Memphis, Ark., directs blame at a trio of teens suspected of Satanism.

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Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, Amy Ryan, Robert Baker, Kevin Durand Directed by Atom Egoyan

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Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

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