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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 2 out of 10

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  1. Jul 5, 2014
    5
    Reese Witherspoon really tries to turn this over dramatised film into something to take serious, unfortunately with the many great documentaries this story has this film falls short. C
  2. Jun 15, 2014
    7
    The story portrayed in Devil's Knot is the story of the West Memphis 3, a story I am very familiar with. Due to the heinous nature of the crime and the complete incompetence of the local police, the story garnered national attention and has been featured on every news show you can think of. There have also been a ton of documentaries made, all of which I've seen, and all of which call intoThe story portrayed in Devil's Knot is the story of the West Memphis 3, a story I am very familiar with. Due to the heinous nature of the crime and the complete incompetence of the local police, the story garnered national attention and has been featured on every news show you can think of. There have also been a ton of documentaries made, all of which I've seen, and all of which call into question who might have really committed these acts. 1993, West Memphis Arkansas, three 8 year old boys go missing in the woods. A huge search party spends 3 days looking for them, before finding them in a popular fishing hole known as the Devil's Knot. There is a big list of suspects, but all the police can see is a group of Satan worshiping teenagers, who have long been a thorn in their sides. Through some very questionable tactics, and a sham of a trial, these teenagers were convicted and sent to prison. From the beginning, there involvement in the crime was called into question, even by the victims families, who saw the injustice of the whole procedure first hand. With my knowledge of the story, I was really interested to see how a film would handle the overwhelming amount of information associated with this case. To my surprise, they didn't do the typical thing and just focus on one aspect of the story, they made the case for the guilt of each of the suspects, and they showed how the police blindly and incompetently when after these three teenagers. As the film goes, they hit the nail right on the head, but when you have all these suspects, and so much back story, squeezed into an hour and a half, it can become extremely confusing for audiences unfamiliar with the case. The film is further harmed by all the interviews and investigation which really slow the pace down. The story of the West Memphis 3 is a tragic one that has led to the freedom of a killer, who did horrible things to three little boys. Devil's Knot is a primary example of police misconduct and the lack of justice available to the less fortunate. If you have an interest, I highly recommend you look into the story and decide for yourself, and a non-bias film covering the events is a great place to start. Expand
  3. May 16, 2014
    2
    What an astoundingly bad movie. What a waste of a cast. What an opportunity missed to take a genuinely compelling case and turn the spotlight on an appalling miscarriage of justice. Ok, so there's been numerous documentaries about the West Memphis Three, good ones in fact, but this was a story ripe for the telling. It's a murder-mystery for Christ's sake -- any half-competent directorWhat an astoundingly bad movie. What a waste of a cast. What an opportunity missed to take a genuinely compelling case and turn the spotlight on an appalling miscarriage of justice. Ok, so there's been numerous documentaries about the West Memphis Three, good ones in fact, but this was a story ripe for the telling. It's a murder-mystery for Christ's sake -- any half-competent director could nail this. Instead he forces us to sit through the LEAST interesting parts of the story. Anyone who's familiar with the case knows that it's what unfolded AFTER the trial that constitutes the most fascinating part of this terrible tragedy. There are parallels here that can be drawn to Fincher's ZODIAC, another story of murder that became a tangled web of conspiracy, but Fincher knew how to structure his film. Devil's Knot should never have been a court room procedural. What's most telling about this film is that a good two thirds of the most interesting, compelling parts of the story (the subsequent revelations after the trial) are told in brief text flashed up on screen just before the credits. Woeful choices. Just woeful. Colin Firth, god love him, sticks out like a sore thumb. He mopes around, and his character has zero purpose other than to quietly simmer in moral outrage. Reese Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the children -- that's it, that's the extent of the character. She mourns her son, and that's all she gets to do. Again, just a waste of talent. Avoid it like the plague, and go and watch West Memphis Three. Expand
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jun 10, 2014
    40
    There’s too much story to cram into one film, with the result that the three surly teenagers themselves – who would have made far more compelling central characters – are pushed to the side. And with their own legal team surely keeping a close watch, Egoyan and his scriptwriters are unable to point fingers in any meaningful way. A missed opportunity.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 10, 2014
    50
    It’s not a bad film, exactly, but it’s a jumbled, uncertain one, and it never quite makes a compelling case for itself.
  3. 50
    It’s a epic tragedy, and summing it up in under two hours does nobody justice.