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6.9
/10
1,567 Ratings

Knives Out

Directed by Rian Johnson
United States, 2019
Crime, Mystery, Comedy

Synopsis

On the day after his 85th birthday party, a wealthy crime novelist is found dead. A famed detective is enlisted on the case and suspects foul play. Everyone is a suspect and as the investigation heats up, the money-grubbing family begins to be revealed as far more competitive than they first appear.

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Knives Out Directed by Rian Johnson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2020 | Nominee: Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

American Film Institute Awards

2020 | Winner: Movie of the Year

This whodunit is light entertainment at its finest, a surprising movie with an enjoyable sense of complication and a dream cast.
February 07, 2020
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Johnson’s own sleight of hand is estimable, even if his effort to add politics into the crowded mix rings hollow. The machine is what matters here, and he has clearly had such a good time engineering it that it’s hard not to feel bad when you don’t laugh along with him.
November 26, 2019
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It’s not a pastiche of Agatha Christie any more than, say, Bend of the River [Anthony Mann, 1952] is a pastiche of Western Union [Fritz Lang, 1941]. It does, however, rejuvenate the whodunnit in a manner akin to Ford’s Stagecoach’s 1939 modernization and modulation on the western.
November 24, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • bryanvmh's rating of the film Knives Out

    Fun. Satire is light at most. Zippy editing allows for the unusually early reveals to be parceled out at an acceptable pace.

  • Duarte Ferreira's rating of the film Knives Out

    4.5/5 - If, for some god-forsaken reason, you needed further evidence on Rian Johnson being one of the more interesting writer-directors working today, then Knives Out will have you convinced. He dips his pen into the black and crimson inks of the whodunnit genre, writes one of the smartest and coolest screenplays of the year, and then procedes to direct the shit out of it. Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig kill it!

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Knives Out

    Really, who better than Rian Johnson to bring the whodunit into a divisive and diatribe-ridden 2019? His usual affection for his characters and irreverent humour are employed to great effect in a studied, snappy, and surprisingly warm genre yarn that grapples with entitlement and integrity in provocative, unexpected ways. Craig, De Armas, Jamie Lee and Plummer all play against type wonderfully. What a blast!

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Knives Out

    It's easy to imagine an alternate career path for Daniel Craig, one in which he spent the last 20 years as a scrappy but talented character actor instead of the most iconic spy in pop culture history. The great thing about his role in Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" is that it plays to both sides of Craig's screen persona, and the unabashed fun the actor is having here proves infectious. A terrific time at the movies.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Knives Out

    Multiple people recommended this to me but hastened to add "but it's just fun, not really artistic"—as if being truly fun isn't an art of its own. (This town tries/fails at it several times a week). And this one's success is a gleeful ode to a not-yet-dead tradition, from an ambitious yarn-spinner whose definition of "fun" includes "intricate." My only wish is that his cutesy side didn't undercut the smart politics.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Knives Out

    [UCI] Radiohead will always echo within me. Knives out between 'I Might Be Wrong (oh but i'm always wrong) and 'Amnesiac' (ever since she slept i can't sleep no more) Plummer was born to play heartless assholes with sulphurous advice. (that 'spoil not. tell no one about the ending' was oh so Hitchcock of him). is that you hugh? ew ooh.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Knives Out

    Lighthearted whodunnit that fell somewhere between Clue and a Wes Anderson ensemble comedy. The family feuds were entertaining, the overall pace and atmosphere was fun, but generally it just wasn't as smart as it was posturing to be. Other than some genuinely creative moments, most of the twists and turns could be seen coming a mile down the road. This being said, it was highly enjoyable - though non-essential.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Knives Out

    Family secrets turn deadly in an Agatha Christie-by-way-of-Jessica Fletcher old-fashioned, all-star murder mystery that treats the viewer to a whole lot of convoluted genre-twisting plotting and surprise subtexts. Seriously good fun.

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