Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Dec 10, 2013
    100
    Featuring superb performances by the principal actors, Big Bad Wolves is mesmerizing from start to finish.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 10, 2013
    100
    Even if you think you've seen this story too often, Big Bad Wolves will surprise and enthrall. A thriller which bites deep, it has a light touch which finds humanity even in the worst horrors.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Dec 10, 2013
    100
    It’s bold, beautifully told, and surprisingly funny.
  4. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jan 15, 2014
    87
    A masterfully queasy blend of dark humor and darker humanity.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jan 16, 2014
    80
    Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado take a classic ethical debate and turn it into a dark — and darkly funny — thriller, which Quentin Tarantino named the best film of 2013.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Brutally simple and brilliantly told, channeling everything from the Coens to Korean masters to create a blood-curdling black comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Nigel Floyd
    Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Big Bad Wolves requires a high tolerance for pain, but its wicked humour and oblique satire rip open Israel's paranoid, militarised system like a jagged saw blade.
  8. 75
    A crafty, suspenseful, violent horror film that touches on the inner lives of sexual predators, the question of guilt and remorse in the human soul, and the practice of torture.
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 18, 2014
    75
    Unpredictable, with a twisted surprise around each corner, Big Bad Wolves is a clever and arresting shocker from a country where blood and gore on the screen are least expected.
  10. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jan 16, 2014
    75
    While Big Bad Wolves delivers the Hostel-like torture jolts with ruthless precision, the movie is also a rudely funny satire of a macho, paranoid culture where the protection of children is used to justify any conduct.
  11. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jan 15, 2014
    75
    Believe it or not, some of this mayhem—muscularly orchestrated by directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who made 2010’s "Rabies" — does provoke laughter.
  12. 75
    Many moments will make you avert your eyes.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 23, 2014
    70
    Occasionally the film seems as if it will make a political statement (the value, or lack thereof, of torture, for instance). But it doesn’t really follow through. But they keep us occupied with twists, well-played, and some of the laughs are genuine, if uncomfortable and guilt-inducing.
  14. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jan 16, 2014
    65
    There's black comedy, and then, in the darkest corner of an airtight box buried deep underground, there's the humor of Big Bad Wolves.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 10, 2013
    63
    From a purely suspenseful vantage point, Big Bad Wolves is an efficient and effective beast.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 16, 2014
    60
    Keshales and Papushado have great filmmaking chops—as Israeli imports go, this is as far from the austere norm as it gets—but there’s a hollowness at the core of Big Bad Wolves, a creeping sense that they have no clear perspective on they mayhem they’re presenting.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 14, 2014
    60
    The movie is never less than involving, but rarely amounts to more than a third-generation grindhouse knockoff.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 14, 2014
    60
    Even though Papushado and Keshales raise some ticklish questions, it's hard to know exactly what they're going for, beyond some mischievous, grisly thrills. At least they're skillful at delivering those.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Dec 10, 2013
    60
    The actors lend it a sick heft, and there are droll, region-specific footnotes...but one senses the sniggering film-makers playing variably funny games with our phobia of pedophiles, rather than having anything lasting to say about it.
  20. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    You expect something far different and better than the same-old.
  21. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jan 17, 2014
    50
    Plays like an extended tribute to the torture scene in "Reservoir Dogs," a description that alone should tell readers whether they'll find it appealing or not.
  22. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 21, 2013
    50
    The filmmakers’ undeniable chops and bizarre tonal shifts fail to transform the material into anything more than a stylishly gruesome exercise.
  23. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Dec 10, 2013
    40
    Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the two-man writer-director team, are swinging at serious targets here... But their point soon wears itself out, and what remains is schlock with airs and tired black humour.
  24. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 16, 2014
    20
    Is there a point? All the filmmakers seem interested in is the ugliness of the main Israeli characters.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    I am giving it a ten as I am sick of pretentious critics who repeatedly state, "What is the point?"..."I kept waiting for the message" and soI am giving it a ten as I am sick of pretentious critics who repeatedly state, "What is the point?"..."I kept waiting for the message" and so forth.... listen Westerners of endless pretentiousness (I am a westerner too)... just get a grip and stop thinking that every film-maker has to 'teach' us something when you basically state what you know what that statement will be if they make a statement, but obviously you think you are smarter than us so we need to be hammered with it.
    American cinema may have to 'have a message' (even if this comes in every movie including the Transformers movies, Scary Movies, and all the other dull as mud sh** the USA produce) but the rest of us are informed, educated and worldly, at least comparatively, so we already know most 'messages', we just want to watch a fu**ing movie and have our intelligence respected. Messages for the sake of them, as part of some formula, are superfluous and condescending.... that is not the good aspect of most American film-making, it is the weakest. Movies need only be entertaining and/or engrossing..... not educational. Critics... if you were masters of film-making and thought outside the box, you'd be fu**ing making these movies right? And making them properly since you know everything, right? Funny that is not the case though - for any of you.
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  2. Mar 2, 2014
    10
    Thriller with a good story, great atmosphere of Israel, and made in "tarantinian" way (lot of humor). The Best Movie of 2013. Finally, you canThriller with a good story, great atmosphere of Israel, and made in "tarantinian" way (lot of humor). The Best Movie of 2013. Finally, you can see: pedophiles, Jews, aArabs, iPhones, thriller and a black comedy in one film. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    8
    A terrific thriller. I had no idea what was going to happen next. From beginning to end i riveted from the outstanding performances, greatA terrific thriller. I had no idea what was going to happen next. From beginning to end i riveted from the outstanding performances, great script and fantastic direction. Probably the best film of 2014. I still haven't seen all the movies I want to yet but, I have a feeling this won't be topped. Full Review »