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  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While the film is not nearly as evocative as Egoyan's 1997 masterpiece "The Sweet Hereafter" (also about children who died tragically), it is still an intrinsically fascinating story. show more

  • 50
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. In The Devil's Knot, he settles for an encyclopedic, if skin-deep, presentation. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Far from being overkill, the well-conceived drama featuring A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in key roles, will bring this infuriating tale of injustice to many mainstream moviegoers for the first time. show more

  • 48
    Calum Marsh

    Rather than thrilling, the courtroom sequences seem only enervating, nudging us toward a quiet outrage. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The case is revisited with painstaking detail, and a riveting picture emerges once again about misunderstood outsiders. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Well-intentioned but emotionally straitjacketed. show more

  • 63
    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, scattered. show more

  • 50
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Despite the fine performance by Witherspoon and a number of the supporting players, Devil’s Knot comes across as a cinematic, slightly dramatized Cliffs Notes edition of a story that’s been told often, and almost always more effectively, in other formats. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    It’s a epic tragedy, and summing it up in under two hours does nobody justice. show more

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