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Devil's Knot (15)

Biography, Crime, Drama

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

The critical consensus

Director Atom Egoyan fails to offer much fresh insight in this well-intentioned but oddly uninvolving film.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 08/06/2014

Slogs dutifully through the least ambiguous take yet on the miscarriage-of-justice that provoked Amy Berg's West of Memphis, among other documentaries.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 12/06/2014

It is a strangely unsatisfactory affair that doesn't quite work either as a documentary-style reconstruction, a brooding thriller or a courtroom drama.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 13/06/2014

Maybe it needed a director like David Fincher to capture the deep, dark dread of what happened but in the hands of Atom Egoyan it barely scratches the surface and feels in bad taste.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 13/06/2014

This is more third rate John Grisham, hardly appropriate given the horrifying nature of these relatively recent, still unsolved murders.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 13/06/2014

While the director's focus may be clear, the film itself is more frustrating, raising unanswered questions not only about the murders, but also about the efficacy of dramatising them.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 15/06/2014

How could one of cinema's most distinctive voices be responsible for this anonymous docudrama detailing a story already told at least twice?

**(*)(*)(*)Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film, 19/06/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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