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“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is such a superb crime melodrama that I almost want to leave it at that. To just stop writing right now and advise you to go out and see it as soon as you can.”

– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“[A] furious and entertaining little morality play.”

– David Denby, New Yorker

“A sharply acted and highly entertaining morality play.”

– Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a chronicle of destruction — physical, spiritual and moral.”

– A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Lumet fuses dark wit, suspense and tragedy into a time-shifting movie that vibrates with energy.”

– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“This ambitious and well-directed crime thriller, with an intricate flashback structure redolent of Reservoir Dogs, gives Philip Seymour Hoffman a fascinatingly ambiguous character to work with.”

– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“At a time when family movies are usurped by fantasies of sentimental feelgood, Lumet’s latest — the mangled-heist melodrama Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead — delivers a swift kick straight to the jewels.”

– Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

“A botched-heist thriller with labyrinthine plot twists, suspenseful character revelations and out-of-sequence narrative elements befitting a grand opera mounted on a massive scale.”

– Rex Reed, New York Observer

“An invigorating, refreshing and unusual thing to see one done so expertly.”

– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle