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Big Bad Wolves (18)

Big Bad Wolves (18)

Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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.

The critical consensus

Ambivalence to some of the weightier philosophical and political themes is the only thing holding it back from being great; while one can understand the filmmakers’ desire to debate rather than dictate, one also wishes these wolves had gone for the jugular.

***(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 02/12/2013

Even if you think you’ve seen this story too often, Big Bad Wolves will surprise and enthral. A thriller which bites deep, it has a light touch which finds humanity even in the worst horrors.

*****Kim Newman, Empire Online, 03/12/2013

Style and wit to burn, but it's all a bit too glib to leave a lasting impression.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/12/2013

This brutal, unrelenting Israeli chiller treads a delicate line between nail-biting tension and the blackest of comedy.

Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/12/2013

One senses the sniggering film-makers playing variably funny games with our phobia of paedophiles, rather than having anything lasting to say about it.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 05/12/2013

Brutally simple and brilliantly told, channeling everything from the Coens to Korean masters to create a blood-curdling black comedy.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 02/12/2013

The hacksaw-sharp result, which mixes winces with inappropriate laughter, is witheringly bleak, bitterly acerbic, and pointedly cruel.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/12/2013

Well acted, gruesomely violent and properly discomfiting.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 29/12/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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