Devil's Knot

Devil's Knot

Devil's Knot

Dramatisation of the notorious 1993 West Memphis murder of three small-town boys. In the rush for a scapegoat, police and prosecutors charge three innocent teenagers who - with a proclivity for black clothes and listening to Metallica - are cast as deviant satanic cultists. Stars Reese Witherspoon as a grieving mother who grows increasingly troubled by the lynch-mob fever, and Colin Firth as a private investigator who challenges the guilty verdicts. From acclaimed director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).

2013Rating: M, Mature themes, crime scene images and coarse language114 minsUSA
BiographyDramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography

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Devil's Knot / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A tactful, dignified job... the result nevertheless comes across as a flat, ponderous proposition.

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Total Film

Total Film

Egoyan listlessly retraces the trial's tragic course but uncovers nothing new about human nature in the belaboured process.

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Time Out

Time Out

Takes a long time to tell us nothing we didn't know ... A missed opportunity.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Haunting artistry aside, it's hard to see what Egoyan brings to the table that hasn't already been covered in print, on screen and elsewhere in the media.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Egoyan doesn't make this material his own, so much as he halfheartedly restages what a few good documentarians have already shot.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Compelling feature treatment of the much-documented scandal.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A decent retelling, although lacking the gut-punch impact of the Peter Jackson-produced West Of Memphis.

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