Events spiral out of control when a man (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ropes his brother (Ethan Hawke) into a scheme to rob their parents' jewelry store.
" [Lumet's] best film since 1982's The Verdict. "
" [Lumet] proves that at 83 he's still the master of the game. "
" An invigorating, refreshing and unusual thing to see one done so expertly. "
" As the Shadow used to say, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit, and Lumet has made a delicious pie out of it. "
" 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. "
" Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is often an uncomfortable film to sit through, but the rewards it offers make it well worth the effort. "
" If God is in the obvious details, Devil is in the ones you might tragically overlook. "
" Mr. Lumet has forgotten nothing, and still knows more than almost anyone about the elusive art of directing actors. "
" Sidney Lumet's 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. "
" Superior fare, packed with insight and suspense. "
" The family dynamics are skillfully rendered, the suspense is bruising and each man's performance is a revelation. "
" The movie's title comes from the Irish toast, 'May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you're dead.' Unfortunately, everyone in the film is running about 35 minutes late. "
" There's no larger message other than that greed gives us something to hold on to even as it kills us. "
" 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. "
" This is no nostalgia trip taken by an 83-year-old director. It's a fierce, hot slap of a movie, a shameless melodrama with bite. "
" Watching this impeccably crafted melodrama, you feel grateful for a veteran filmmaker who serves a gripping story with a confident efficiency that's lean, mean and focused like a laser. "
" What a movie. What a director. "
" You feel Before the Devil Knows You're Dead more than you watch it. And the feeling is far from warm and fuzzy. "
" The problem is not that the director is working but that his latest film is working too hard. Way too hard a" this thing is melodrama running a marathon. "
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