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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    75
    Guaranteed to keep you on tenterhooks from beginning to end - and without much gore. Dowdle and company trade in the usual trappings of the genre for a tantalizing blend of tension, suspense, and mystery.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    70
    The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious.
  3. There are a sufficient number of jolts thanks to quick edits and sound effects, plus the script's efficient structure.
  4. By the time the patented Shyamalan Extra-Strength Third Act Twist is revealed, being asked to care about fate, redemption and forgiveness when a satan-in-an-elevator gimmick hasn't delivered is like getting medicinal aftertaste from what should have been a box of delectably fiery Red Hots.
  5. 50
    Devil is the sort of story Rod Serling would have taken for a spin in "The Twilight Zone," back in the day. Shyamalan came up with the idea, produced it and got others to script and direct this 76 minute exercise in movie minimalism.
  6. 40
    In the end, Devil feels like an ingenious short film pumped up for theatrical release. Shyamalan's story is sound, but the execution dragged me to hell and left me there wondering if his much-rumored sequel to "Unbreakable" was ever going to arrive.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Toal
    20
    This is the sort of cut-rate cinematic Cheez Whiz that gives religious horror movies a bad name. Still, at least it's not "The Last Airbender."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 65
  2. Negative: 4 out of 65
  1. Sep 17, 2010
    10
    This movie is great! Its not like all the other damn horror movies these days where there is no story at all, and all they focus on is bloodThis movie is great! Its not like all the other damn horror movies these days where there is no story at all, and all they focus on is blood and gore. This actually has a story and it definitely worth your time and money! Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    If your looking for blood and gore then I suggest to look elsewhere. The movie tells a story. A really good story about good, evil andIf your looking for blood and gore then I suggest to look elsewhere. The movie tells a story. A really good story about good, evil and choices. This was the first movie in a long time that told a scary tale like a "Halloween tale" if you will that leaves you thinking. The other thing I liked was how this movie made me reflect on myself. Do I hold grudges? Have I forgiven others? Best money spent in a long while! Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2010
    9
    An smart and well-paced horror flick that, while intense, falls short of being truly horrifying. It keeps things fresh by feeling like aAn smart and well-paced horror flick that, while intense, falls short of being truly horrifying. It keeps things fresh by feeling like a classic whodunnit with a supernatural twist or a good episode of "The Twilight Zone." Since Shyamalan didn't actually pen the script (he's the mind behind the story, but the screenplay was handled by a different party) or direct the film, it lacks the subtle tension common in most of his other productions; opting for more jump scares than edge of your seat suspense. Plot development and themes, however, are very Shyamalan-esque. When all the pieces fall into place, it's a nicely executed revelation. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2010
    7
    A simple and effective little thriller; its pacy, utilises its small space with ingenious camera-work, and keeps the audience guessing as toA simple and effective little thriller; its pacy, utilises its small space with ingenious camera-work, and keeps the audience guessing as to how it's all going to end. Surprisingly, it also has a great use of humour to balance the tension and chills, I eagerly await the next installment of the Night Chronicles. Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2014
    7
    N Might Shyamalan returns and tries really hard to make a Hitchcock movie but he succeeds but as a results FAILS ! this movie well yes itsN Might Shyamalan returns and tries really hard to make a Hitchcock movie but he succeeds but as a results FAILS ! this movie well yes its suspenseful of course! but don't we know it really is? of course i all ready know its the Lady. The movies tries so hard to be truthful and thats what i love about this movie! Grade C. its not an 10/10 stars the thing that is WRONG! about this movie is it has its wrong director John Erick Dowdle shakes the camera over-over again in a horror film the way he uses cameras it's like he is trying to make a paranormal activity movie when he does this yes his " quarantine" was a good horror movie but he should stop trying to do these horror movies. also some of this movie was pretty boring to be honest! Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2010
    6
    Not many movies can have only two set pieces, a handful of actors, and can still be this entertaining. This film is proof enough thatNot many movies can have only two set pieces, a handful of actors, and can still be this entertaining. This film is proof enough that Shyamalan still has what it takes scare and entertain audiences with an original story. For my full review visit: http://thesilverscreenaddiction.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-devil.html Expand
  7. Dec 1, 2010
    0
    Yo I'm sorry but this movie was garbage. I don't even know what to say. Saw 3D >>>>>>> This. It was boring. THe acting sucked. The mexican guyYo I'm sorry but this movie was garbage. I don't even know what to say. Saw 3D >>>>>>> This. It was boring. THe acting sucked. The mexican guy was ****ing annoying going on about the christian BS. If I wanted a church lesson I would go to church. I guess if you are really bored you might get minor enjoyment out of this but I'm sure watching youtube is more entertaining unless its husky starcraft, that guy sucks ass. Expand

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