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2.4
174 Ratings

Devil's Knot

Directed by Atom Egoyan
United States, 2013
Biography, Crime, Drama

Synopsis

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

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Devil's Knot Directed by Atom Egoyan
It’s not just that Firth makes for a comical American Southerner (although he shore do!). His crime-procedural plot grinds Devil’s Knot to a halt every time it shows up. That’s a problem, because the Lax narrative is apparently supposed to be the motor which makes this a “real movie” and not an artsy mood piece about brooding and loss.
June 14, 2014
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While offering no single character focus, Devil’s Knot is a ripped-from-the-headlines crime procedural that the lab boys down at Wikipedia HQ would be extremely proud of. The ambiguities and nuances of the case (of which there are legion) receive scant lip service and are revealed from the safe moral vantage point of the present.
June 12, 2014
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The film is a respectful, intelligent real-life drama about the effect of ghastly crimes on a community, and the role that hysteria, social stereotyping and religious bigotry played in it… But it’s not penetrating or insightful enough to erase or even compete with memories of the real-life participants as they appeared in news stories and documentary features.
May 09, 2014
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