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  • Summary: A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Expand
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: William Goss
    Jan 15, 2014
    87
    A masterfully queasy blend of dark humor and darker humanity.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 can see: pedophiles, Jews, aArabs, iPhones, thriller and a black comedy in one film. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2014
    6
    It's difficult until the very end to see if there is a comedic rationale for the plentiful gore. If you're annoyed but unanswered questions, this movie will disappoint. But the acting is superb and the story suspenseful enough to keep you engaged. Collapse