Knives Out

critic Reviews

97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score97%
  • Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas.
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    John WenzelDenver Post
    Knives Out deserves to be explored as a world of it own, as Johnson balances moral conscience and black humor expertly within the constraints of the murder-mystery genre.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    An entertainment that's as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    I suspect that Johnson, an adolescent genre enthusiast to his core, has waited since age 10 to make a movie like this. His enjoyment is contagious, even for those of us who don't think Knives Out quite hits its marks.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    The story, in which Johnson wrote the screenplay himself, combines a reasonably solid mix of black comedy and classic whodunit tale.
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    Asia FreyLagniappe (Mobile, AL)
    With a perfectly calibrated tone that goes over the top and enjoys every minute, this witty, twisty comedy was vibrant yet macabre and, most importantly, totally engrossing.
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    Constance GibbsThe Nerds of Color
    Knives Out is a deliciously twisty mystery that has no right to be as funny as it is.
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    Tessa SmithMama's Geeky
    A hilarious "who done it" that will make you laugh, second guess everything, and become truly invested in the results of the investigation.
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