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When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.
Comedy - This is an often darkly comedic murder mystery with a large ensemble cast including a number of familiar faces such as Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, and Don Johnson, but the main character is played by the lesser known Ana de Armas. Nonetheless, fans of all of the stars will have moments to savor here. Language, violence, and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Murder mystery lovers are likely to swoon at what Johnson has accomplished in a little over two hours. His skill with plotting is matched only by his knack with dialogue. ...even in a crowd of similar titles, this movie would stand out. It's exceptional escapist entertainment for those who don't mind a little spice sprinkled into their cozy mystery.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good ...one of the most purely entertaining films in years. It is the work of a cinematic magician, one who keeps you so focused on what the left hand is doing that you miss the right. ...a wildly fun mystery to unravel... Directing a wildly charismatic cast who are all-in on what he's doing...
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Wickedly hilarious and even a little political... ...a lovingly and intricately crafted homage to Johnson's drawing-room predecessors, unleashing a drawling delight and a refreshing throwback vibe for youngsters who've never had the pleasure of watching "Murder, She Wrote."
Rex ReedFull Review Good More of a Comedy Than a Thriller. ...it has a few giggles that in the final 15 minutes turn into guffaws. That comment is not meant as a negative. Intentional or not, this alleged thriller is more of a comedy, and maybe I'm just jaded, but to me, there isn't a genuine thrill in sight.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 76 moviegoers:
TEENS: Four of the six males and five of the seven females loved "Knives Out." Another two female and one male enjoyed this movie very much rating it "very good." One male didn't enjoy it and rated it "poor."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Great reviews from both the males and females. The males enjoyed it slightly more than the females. Three of the four males and three of the nine females loved "Knives Out." All but one of the remaining males and females rated it "very good," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.
ADULTS: Approximately half the males and females loved "Knives Out." Another 35% of males and 25% of females indicated that they enjoyed this movie very much. About 10% of the males and 25% of the females felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).