Owen Gleiberman
November 02, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/26/07
performer
Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei
director
Sidney Lumet
distributor
THINKFilm
author
Kelly Masterson
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

In Sidney Lumet’s mesmerizing crime drama, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke give seismic performances as brothers who rob their parents’ jewelry store — a heist that goes spectacularly wrong. Structured like a post-Tarantino mind-bender, it’s more like a great film noir crossed with Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Lumet, at 83, works with the vigor and cunning of a virtuoso half his age.

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