Review Round Up: Knives Out

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for this all-star murder mystery.

Den of Geek: ***** “Knives Out may not be an awards frontrunner. It doesn’t particularly tackle big topics, or take particularly shocking creative risks. Some may even find the characters and script a bit too broad. What it does offer, though, is a pacey and deliriously entertaining romp – a murder mystery that, in genre terms, is pretty hard to fault.”

The Observer: **** “The cherry on the cake is Nathan Johnson’s terrifically ripe score, as sharp and spiralling as the theatrical crown of knives that hangs behind key interrogation scenes, pointing and prodding accusingly as we wait for the sword of Damocles to drop.”

The Guardian: *** “I have to admit wanting more formal narrative wizardry from Knives Out in the way of third-act twist, counter-twist and counter-counter-twist. The plot is certainly really complicated, but I wanted the finger of suspicion to move more teasingly from suspect to suspect. I expected the rug to be pulled out from under me, replaced, pulled out again, challenging everything I had seen with my own eyes. That doesn’t quite happen.” *** 1/2 “Craig is delightful—I love the excitement in his voice when he figures things out late in the film—but some of the cast gets lost. It’s inevitable with one this big, but if you’re going to “Knives Out” for a specific actor or actress, be aware that it’s a large ensemble piece and your fave may get short shrift.” 

The Telegraph: ***** “Keeping a film’s secrets, when they’re as cunningly guarded as they are in the star-spangled whodunit Knives Out, isn’t just a pressing responsibility for a critic – it’s a cinch. Beyond its waspish wit, a dastardly roll-call of suspects and Daniel Craig’s dapper efforts as our presiding sleuth, the film gives nothing away until the bitter end, thanks to a head-spinning tricksiness of plotting that even Agatha Christie might have conceded was rather ingenious.”

The Independent: **** “It’s an ingeniously constructed film, which is thoroughly modern in its language and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin. ”

Vox:  “Knives Out, being a whodunnit, is best if you go in knowing as little as possible. The twists aren’t aids to telling the story, they are the story. It’s the most finely tuned version of a murder mystery you could hope for, with joyous performances and style in spades.”

Digital Spy: “Knives Out is a supremely entertaining update on the classic whodunnit a la Agatha Christie. Johnson has brought a potentially-dated concept into the 21st century with a bang.”

Empire: **** “It’s not a perfect crime. With a cast-list that’s unnecessarily large (Benoit even gets two cop underlings, neither of whom make much of an impression), a few of the actors are wasted, and some of the dialogue suffers from over-snark. But it comes close enough to be a major crowdpleaser, a snaky and sumptuous winter treat with a nice line in acidic zingers. Over to you, Jason Bateman and Clue.”

The Times: ***** “It’s the most fun that Craig has been on screen for years, perhaps ever. It’s as though he’s taken that fascinating glimpse of eccentricity that he displayed as a bottle-blond explosives expert in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and made it the cornerstone of this enormous performance.”

Knives Out is out in cinemas now.

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