Knives Out

Knives Out

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, Mature themes and coarse language130 minsUSA
ComedyMystery
84%
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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

Incredibly entertaining. One of my top films of 2019. Both Daniel Craig’s and Ana de Armas’ performances are worth special note.

5.0

Bitingly political, thrilling and most of all fun! Rian Johnson's whodunnit is one of the years best!

5.0

Very fun time, kind of what you expect from a whodunnit ... but then, kind of not.

4.0
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
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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.

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
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
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
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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.

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.

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

Incredibly entertaining. One of my top films of 2019. Both Daniel Craig’s and Ana de Armas’ performances are worth special note.

5.0

Bitingly political, thrilling and most of all fun! Rian Johnson's whodunnit is one of the years best!

5.0

Very fun time, kind of what you expect from a whodunnit ... but then, kind of not.

4.0