Knives Out

Knives Out

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Knives Out

Daniel Craig investigates the murder of the patriarch of a quirky and dysfunctional family in Rian Johnson's star-studded ensemble whodunnit. The cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Ana de Armas and Lakeith Stanfield with Christopher Plummer as the deceased.

2019Rating: M, Offensive language130 minsUSA
ComedyMystery
84%
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

"Craig couldn’t be better or more adorable as Benoit Blanc. His steely blue-eyed intensity makes him both a compelling interrogator and a comedic force—especially when pontificating about truth and doughnuts. He sprinkles all 11 herbs and spices onto his Kentucky-fried accent, and while it may prove a bit much for some, it cleverly anchors the film’s tone: very humorous, a bit preposterous, but always consistent."

4.0
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Rian Johnson's Knives Out

Combine Rian Johnson's exceptional storytelling and unforgettable performances from Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas and Jamie Lee Curtis, and you get Knives Out. This entrancing, engaging movie will have you hooked throughout.

5.0
0

Knives out so true when $ out about

Great movie GD story line great acting well done to cast & crew

5.0
0

Thoroughly enjoyable campy fun

Though it's still early days, somehow this movie seems destined to be one of those great original films (read: not part of a franchise or based on previous source material) that is overlooked, and therefore fails to make a dent at the box office. All this would be despite some heavy-lifting from film-making, story and talent - much like The Nice Guys and...

4.0
0

An absolute killer

This movie is pretty good. A solid 4/5 and probably one of the best in 2019. It's written and directed by Rian Johnson; he did Looper which was great and The Last Jedi which was not so great but anyways.. This movie is pretty good. It's a classic who-done-it crime/detective story set in modern day 2019. It's directed beautifully and the cinematography is...

4.0
0

Fun but forgettable.

If you remember sitting with your family watching TV detectives from COLUMBO to POIROT, MISS MARPLE to SHERLOCK HOLMES, then Rian Johnson’s latest is a whodunnit throwback with enough energy and fun to have you gather the family for one more nostalgic game of Clue. The writer/director of BRICK, LOOPER and THE LAST JEDI has someone’s severed tongue firmly...

3.0
0

A modern day Agatha Christie-like murder-mystery. An early review of the film stated that this ought to be seen with the biggest audience possible - and it turns out this is quite true. Knives Out captures the incomparable spirit of cinema-going.

5.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Only when the action suddenly leaves Chez Thrombey and the tight plotting starts to unravel does the film have to work valiantly to tie everything together, delivering some strange surprises. Knives Out is at its sharpest when Detective Blanc is doing the talking.

4.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

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...not as sharp as it could have been, but Knives Out is nonetheless an engaging romp worth taking a stab at.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Knives Out is much more extravagantly clever than Ready or Not, but also a relatively sentimental tale, in which the promise of nastiness held out in the title isn’t entirely kept. As Johnson himself has said, the whodunnit is a genre meant to reassure – and part of the enjoyment of this extremely enjoyable film is in seeing him stick to the rules, in his own way.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Knives Out is a film for lovers of murder mysteries, fans of dysfunctional family dramedies and everyone who just loves great movies.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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This is a must-see for anyone who likes good movies, but it's a massive treat for those who believe a whodunnit should prominently feature wool cardigans.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

There is some savvy subtext in Rian Johnson's writing, about old money and Trump-era values, but mainly this is exceptional cinematic froth, and murder at its most mirthful.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Working from his own original script, Johnson has much fun pulling the strings as well as the rug from underneath us time and time again.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A delicious throwback to the all-star whodunit, this juicy comedy thriller is a treat from start to finish, which should make it a sizeable hit for Lionsgate.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Do not expect subtlety; it's the kind of movie that tells you the "game's afoot" twice.

3.0
0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The film rolls and bounces with giddy elation, Johnson and his troupe of actors clearly enjoying themselves as they entertain.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Johnson hasn't just churned out a wink-wink spoof of the classical drawing-room mystery... with its ingenious twists and turns, he has crafted an intricate puzzle-box narrative worthy of the genre's brainiest practitioners.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Stick with Knives Out and it delivers once all of the puzzle pieces have been picked up and slotted into place.

4.0
0
Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

"Craig couldn’t be better or more adorable as Benoit Blanc. His steely blue-eyed intensity makes him both a compelling interrogator and a comedic force—especially when pontificating about truth and doughnuts. He sprinkles all 11 herbs and spices onto his Kentucky-fried accent, and while it may prove a bit much for some, it cleverly anchors the film’s tone: very humorous, a bit preposterous, but always consistent."

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Only when the action suddenly leaves Chez Thrombey and the tight plotting starts to unravel does the film have to work valiantly to tie everything together, delivering some strange surprises. Knives Out is at its sharpest when Detective Blanc is doing the talking.

4.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...not as sharp as it could have been, but Knives Out is nonetheless an engaging romp worth taking a stab at.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Knives Out is much more extravagantly clever than Ready or Not, but also a relatively sentimental tale, in which the promise of nastiness held out in the title isn’t entirely kept. As Johnson himself has said, the whodunnit is a genre meant to reassure – and part of the enjoyment of this extremely enjoyable film is in seeing him stick to the rules, in his own way.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Knives Out is a film for lovers of murder mysteries, fans of dysfunctional family dramedies and everyone who just loves great movies.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is a must-see for anyone who likes good movies, but it's a massive treat for those who believe a whodunnit should prominently feature wool cardigans.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

There is some savvy subtext in Rian Johnson's writing, about old money and Trump-era values, but mainly this is exceptional cinematic froth, and murder at its most mirthful.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Working from his own original script, Johnson has much fun pulling the strings as well as the rug from underneath us time and time again.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A delicious throwback to the all-star whodunit, this juicy comedy thriller is a treat from start to finish, which should make it a sizeable hit for Lionsgate.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Do not expect subtlety; it's the kind of movie that tells you the "game's afoot" twice.

3.0
0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The film rolls and bounces with giddy elation, Johnson and his troupe of actors clearly enjoying themselves as they entertain.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Johnson hasn't just churned out a wink-wink spoof of the classical drawing-room mystery... with its ingenious twists and turns, he has crafted an intricate puzzle-box narrative worthy of the genre's brainiest practitioners.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Stick with Knives Out and it delivers once all of the puzzle pieces have been picked up and slotted into place.

4.0
0

Rian Johnson's Knives Out

Combine Rian Johnson's exceptional storytelling and unforgettable performances from Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas and Jamie Lee Curtis, and you get Knives Out. This entrancing, engaging movie will have you hooked throughout.

5.0
0

Knives out so true when $ out about

Great movie GD story line great acting well done to cast & crew

5.0
0

Thoroughly enjoyable campy fun

Though it's still early days, somehow this movie seems destined to be one of those great original films (read: not part of a franchise or based on previous source material) that is overlooked, and therefore fails to make a dent at the box office. All this would be despite some heavy-lifting from film-making, story and talent - much like The Nice Guys and...

4.0
0

An absolute killer

This movie is pretty good. A solid 4/5 and probably one of the best in 2019. It's written and directed by Rian Johnson; he did Looper which was great and The Last Jedi which was not so great but anyways.. This movie is pretty good. It's a classic who-done-it crime/detective story set in modern day 2019. It's directed beautifully and the cinematography...

4.0
0

Fun but forgettable.

If you remember sitting with your family watching TV detectives from COLUMBO to POIROT, MISS MARPLE to SHERLOCK HOLMES, then Rian Johnson’s latest is a whodunnit throwback with enough energy and fun to have you gather the family for one more nostalgic game of Clue. The writer/director of BRICK, LOOPER and THE LAST JEDI has someone’s severed tongue firmly...

3.0
0

A modern day Agatha Christie-like murder-mystery. An early review of the film stated that this ought to be seen with the biggest audience possible - and it turns out this is quite true. Knives Out captures the incomparable spirit of cinema-going.

5.0
0