Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

117 mins
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Veteran, master filmmaker Sidney Lumet directs this melodrama-thriller, from a script by playwright-turned-screenwriter Kelly Masterson. The title comes from an... More

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead | Ratings & Reviews

"Despite its plain face, the modest Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead still manages to be tense, brutal and shocking. The pervasive depressing tone combines with the slow pace to create a fairly sombre night at the cinema, but it’s a quality night at the cinema nonetheless."

Flicks, Andrew HedleyFlicks

"The wrenching tale has something for anyone who likes their melodrama spiked with palpable tension and genuine suspense."


"A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"Cleverly conceived thriller overplays its tricksy narrative but the acting is great."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Bleak, brutal and quite possibly brilliant, this is a triumphant return to form for Lumet and further proof that Hoffman is on an incredible winning streak."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"Lumet's slick, non-linear yet efficient storytelling draws you into the family drama masquerading as a crime thriller before you even realise you care what happens to these awful people. The stellar cast lifts this intense drama to fever pitch even as you take in the oddly incongruent tragicomic edge."

Christchurch PressChristchurch Press

"Judged against Lumet's masterpieces this is middling and he engages in some tricksy editing and a overly complicated and finally irritating flashback/forward structure. But the great strength of Before The Devil... is in its finely calibrated pair of central performances."


Before the Devil Knows You're Dead | Details

Award winner
Best Ensemble Cast; Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2007, Gotham Awards 2007
R16, Violence, Offensive Language, Drug Use & Sex Scenes
Drama, Thriller
Country of origin

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